Maintaining vital cargo transport in Borneo

TSHD 2500 Barito Equator

Designed together

The 2,500 m³ capacity Damen TSHD 2500 is the first of its kind built in Indonesia. For Indonesian dredging company Pelayaran Fortuna Nusantara Megajaya (PFNM), the proven reliability of Damen’s design will be a key asset in maintaining vital cargo transport along the Barito River on the island of Borneo. Immediately after delivery, Barito Equator started performing maintenance dredging on the 890-kilometre-long Barito River in South Kalimantan. Indonesia has made substantial investments in capital projects to improve navigability on the waterway – a key cargo and transport link. The river is prone to heavy siltation, which – combined with the extreme environmental conditions during dredging operations – demands highly reliable and efficient equipment. Want to see more of the vessel, click on the following link.
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Building on the Equator

The build, launching and naming of Barito Equator took place at Indonesian shipyard Steadfast Marine in Pontianak, otherwise known as Equator City. The local yard has helped advance Indonesia’s maritime ambitions through the transfer of technology during the complex build with Damen Shipyards Group. The construction took place with the assistance of Damen Technical Cooperation (DTC), engineering from Damen Shipyards Gorinchem and the complete trailing dredging system from Damen Dredging Equipment. Damen Marine Components delivered the rudder installation and gearbox as well as a host of other components.

Design proven over decades

Damen has vast experience delivering hopper dredgers, as well as its Cutter Suction Dredger (CSD) range – both at its own yards and using DTC’s range of tailored global services. Damen’s standard TSHDs are optimised for maintenance duties with capacities ranging from 500 m³ to 5,000 m³. The wide array of available options allows functionality to be added to fit the particular requirements of any dredging assignment, while the standard design ensures short lead times. Damen Dredging Equipment designs and delivers the trailing suction dredging systems – including the complete trailing pipe, dredge pumps and deck equipment. The Netherlands-based manufacturer also supplies made-to-measure trailing dredging kits for other newbuilds and retrofits at third party shipyards around the world.

Lifecycle support

With an overall length of 80.35 metres, the TSHD 2500 has a trailing dredging depth of 22 metres and a 750 mm dredging pipe. Discharge is via bottom doors and bow coupling. For the build in Indonesia, as with all Damen’s TSHD and CSD deliveries, Damen offers global lifecycle support and spare parts contracts, which are supported by our local Service Engineers.


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