Jurong Shipyard Wins $13-Million Contract

After having successfully completed a series of 11 Freedom-type general cargo vessels of 14,800 dwt each and two 91,600-dwt tankers, Jurong Shipyard Limited, Singapore, has diversified its activities to build more sophisticated vessels.

Recently, the shipyard received an order from Billiton International Metals B.V. of Holland to construct a tin bucket dredger, which will be the largest of its kind in the world.

The new dredger will be equipped with a buffer system for the bucket ladder, which will allow it to operate also under less f a - vorable weather conditions. The pontoon will be 90V2 feet wide and 360 feet long. Including the tailing chutes, the overall length of the dredger will be 498 feet 7 inches. The maximum dredging depth will be 147 feet 7 inches. The buckets will have a capacity of 30 cubic feet.

Upon completion in 19 months time, the dredge will be sent to Indonesia for lifting tin ore from the sea bottom near the Pulau Tujuh Islands, which are situated between Bangka and Singkap.

The contract price of the dredge is approximately $13 million.

The design of the dredge was prepared in cooperation with the Dutch consulting engineers' office Mining and Transport Engineering B.V., Amsterdam, which is a subsidiary of the IHC Group.

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