Can we combine our knowledge of mooring with our expertise in dredging and create something new? YES, of course we can!
A couple of years ago we used our expertise to design remotely operated 250 tons quick release hooks, equipped with a solar powered hydraulic powerpack. These are used by a mega cutter suction dredger on their left and right anchor line pontoons, for safe deployment and operation. The lines are used to move the ship in a left-to-right motion, sweeping their dredging work along the sea or river bed.
The ever increasing size of cutter suction dredgers means that the quick release hooks have to withstand high loads. By using our Solar-Hydraulic powered remote control solution, they can safely and remotely disconnect the anchor lines quickly in case of trouble, upcoming storm or when moving to another spot. By adding AIS, nautic light and working lights to the same system, they get a complete solution for safe deployment and operation of the pontoons, during their 24/7 operational work.
Nowadays these systems, with a safe working load up to 250 tons, are used on cutter suction dredgers worldwide.