Damen Dredging Equipment has launched a new DOP Dredger Series following the success of the DOP submersible dredge pump. The company has built more than 20 DOP dredgers on a one-off basis and at least 380 DOP pumps. The DOP can easily be connected to excavators, cranes, etc. Olivier Marcus, Damen Product Director Dredging, explains that in recent years there has been more demand for specialised dredgers from hydroelectric dam/water reservoir operators, sand mining companies, and dredging companies carrying out sand winning for reclamation projects. DOP dredgers are very good for deep sand winning.
The new Damen DOP Dredger Series makes use of the standard DOP 150, 200, 250 and 350, which have a mixture capacity ranging from 600 m3/h to 2400 m3/h. Due to the use of a submerged dredge pump, the DOP Dredger is simply able to reach depths other dredgers cannot, with an ability to dredge to 100 m. Damen is also introducing an all-electric version of the DOP Dredger, which is particularly appealing for maintenance dredging at hydroelectric dams. Often projects are taking place in very remote areas, Olivier Marcus adds, in the case of hydroelectric dams, high up in the mountains where road access is not easy. Here, the DOP Dredger is ideal because it is easily dismountable and transportable because even its largest components are never bigger than a standard container size. It also has a limited weight, so can be assembled with a small crane.