Kingston Council takes delivery of Damen CSD 350 – Heavy Lift News
28 Jun 2018

Kingston Council takes delivery of Damen CSD 350

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28 June, 2018

Kingston District Council, in partnership with the Cape Jaffa Development Group, has recently taken delivery of a Cutter Suction Dredger (CSD) from Damen Shipyards Group. The CSD350 will be used to dredge along the breakwater at Cape Jaffa, the Cape Jaffa marina and within Maria Creek Boat Launch Facility in Kingston.

This is the only dredger owned by a South Australian council, and has been the most significant purchase Kingston District Council has undertaken in terms of the logistics involved in an overseas purchase, transportation and assembly.The procurement process was completed in conjunction with LGA Procurement.


The CSD350 was selected as it can dredge at a max dredging depth of -9m and pumps some 2.000 m3/h an hour – being 10 times the capacity of the aged dredger which has worked across some of the waters previously.

Another of the reasons the Council selected Damen was because of its philosophy of building standard solutions for stock. This meant that the dredger was both proven and available for faster delivery than a custom build, allowing the Council to commence dredging as quickly as possible.

The modular CSD was transported aboard a container vessel from the Netherlands to Port Adelaide in six shipping containers and three breakbulk items – where it then commenced its transit by road some 330kms into Cape Jaffa for assembly.On location, the stationary dredger was assembled swiftly by the local crew assisted by two Damen Field Service Engineers.The 55 tonne dredger has been commissioned and has undergone all start up trials, after which it was handed over to the council.The joint assembly and testing process was completed in difficult winter weather conditions ahead of programme.

Kingston District Council Mayor Reg Lyon said, “Council has a thriving fishing industry and extensive tourism industry. The Cape Jaffa Marina is located on the Indian Ocean, and has a key role housing the rock lobster fishing fleet.An open and easily accessible marina will assist the flourishing local economy, ensuring the ongoing sand management plan will ensure ocean access of the marina throughout the year.”

Council’s Chief Executive Officer Andrew MacDonaldsaid, “Damen has worked proactively with the Kingston team to assist with the requirements of Australian Maritime Safety Authority surveyors to ready the dredger for approval to operate in South Australia.We are looking forward to continuing the ongoing relationship we have established with Damen – who will support our team from their Brisbane maintenance operations.”

Cape Jaffa Development Company Director David Lucas said he, “is thrilled to see the dredger onsite, and looks forward to seeing the Cape Jaffa Anchorage thriving once again.”

Damen Shipyards Group

Damen Shipyards Group operates 34 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 10,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 160 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.

Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.

Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.

For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has a worldwide network of eighteen repair and conversion yards of which twelve are located in North West Europe. Facilities at the yards include more than 50 floating and (covered) drydocks, the largest of which is 420 x 90 metres, as well as slopes, ship lifts and indoor halls. Projects range from the smallest simple repairs through Class’ maintenance to complex refits and the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,300 repair and maintenance jobs annually, both at yards as well as in ports and during voyage.

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