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World's largest dredger to join Lianyungang Seaport construction project

(Yangzi Evening News)

17:07, August 25, 2011

Edited and translated by Liu Xiaoning, People's Daily Online

In a bid to speed up the progress of Lianyungang Seaport's 30-ton shipping lane construction project, the Nanjing Yangtze River Waterway Engineering Bureau leased the ”Queen of the Netherlands“ dredging ship from Netherlands to accelerate Lianyungang seaport construction work.

At 230 meters in length, 32 meters in width and with a carrying capacity of 60,000 tons, the dredger is one of the world’s largest trailing suction dredging ships. It is also the first foreign vessel involved in the construction of Lianyungang Seaport in recent history.

To reduce the huge cost of leasing fees that amount to as much as 1 million yuan per day, the Lianyungang Maritime Safety Administration issued operating permits for waterborne and underwater constructions in shortest time possible.

So far, the participation of the "Queen of the Netherlands" in the waterway construction has gone as planned and safely. The dredger has the capacity to dredge about 100,000 cubic meters of heavy mud each day, which is five times higher than that of the previous dredging ship. The huge suction capacity makes it crucial to accelerating waterway construction.

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