The Mexican Navy’s two new dredgers have been flagged and entered into service, Dutch shipbuilder Damen said.
Among them is the Damen cutter suction dredger (CSD) 650 ARM Laguna Morelos (ADR-19).
As informed, the dredger will undertake various dredging, depth maintenance and land reclamation projects in the Gulf of Mexico, the first project being the dredging of the River Grijalba, assigned to the Mexican Navy by the country’s government.
“This is the first Dutch dredger delivered to Mexico in years and we are very proud to be part of that by delivering it to our very valued customer Secretaría de Marina – Armada de México, especially because we know that this dredger will contribute to the growth of the southeastern region of Mexico,” Horacio Delgado, Damen commercial manager for Mexico, commented.
Ordered from Damen last year, the dredger has been shipped to Mexico as deck cargo, thanks to its modular, dismountable nature, which enables easy transportation anywhere in the world, by road, rail or sea.
In addition to the dredger itself, Damen is also contracted by the navy to provide additional services including spare parts, consultancy support, simulator and technical assistance.
The CSD650 is the twelfth vessel that Damen has delivered to the Mexican Navy. Previous deliveries include everything from patrol vessels to logistic support ships. The delivery of the ARM Reformador (POLA-101 / SIGMA10514) to the navy is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020.