STFMO, shipping subsidiary of Sablières de l'Atlantique awards the construction of a 2,000 m3 sand dredger to STX France Lorient SAS
STX France Lorient SAS and STFMO (Société de Transports Fluvio-Maritimes de l'Ouest), a subsidiary of Sablières de l'Atlantique, have just signed a contract for the construction of a sand dredger.
This ship order is the first placed with STX Lorient since 2008 and comes during a significantly low period. It will give the Lanester shipyard the opportunity to establish itself on a new and highly competitive market at a national and European level.
STFMO will be promoting economic, social and territorial cohesion by entrusting the construction of a ship to a local shipyard. The ship will fly the French flag and will be both onstructed and operated by local players with an experienced French crew on board, supplying port on the Atlantic seaboard with materials for local companies.
STFMO will be promoting economic, social and territorial cohesion by entrusting the construction of a ship to a local shipyard. The ship will fly the French flag and will be both constructed and operated by local players with an experienced French crew on board, supplying ports on the Atlantic seaboard with materials for local companies.
"The technical design for this vessel will need to apply recommendations issued by the Grenelle de la Mer: working further out at sea in deeper water, saving fuel, reducing environmental impact and using the alternative transport method offered by the maritime river route", announced Marc-announced Marc-Henri Chauveau, Director of Sablières de l'Atlantique."
The projects team at our shipyard rallied into action with great efficiency to meet the challenge represented by such a highly specialized type of ship, rallying support from recognized experts in the dredging field to offer our client the best technical and economical solution. Though a late arrival of STX shipyard in the competition we have finally obtained a favorable decision thanks to a close collaboration with STFMO and our partners", Jean Roche, Managing director of STX ", Jean Roche, Managing director of STX France, Lorient ASA affirmed.
Moreover, STX Lorient has paid particular attention to the hydrodynamic optimization of the ship to reduce fuel consumption - one of the essential points in the client's economic model for a vessel that will operate all year at about 40 meter extraction depths.
This contract will bring a workload of over 100,000 hours to STX staff and subcontractors. The design phase will be launched promptly and the first equipment orders are scheduled for this autumn. Construction will start early 2011 with delivery of the ship to STFMO scheduled for mid-2012. The ship will operate all year round at about 40 meter extraction depths, and will supply the dredging terminals in Montoir and Cheviré among others.
Specifications for the sand dredger
- Length overall: 84.10 meters
- Max width: 15.60 meters
- Depth: 7.00 meters
- Speed with full load: 13 knots
- Contractual dredging draught: 6.00 meters
- Capacity of tank: 2,000m3
- Dredging depth: 45 meters under the floating line
- Propulsion: 2 x 1,935 KW (2 x 2,630 ch)
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