KSB Group Equips Dredgers


Two dredgers built at a Dutch shipyard will be equipped with specialised pumps by the KSB Group.

KSB Group Equips Dredgers

Specialised pump from the LSA series as it is employed on dredgers for sand and gravel transport. (Image: KSB)

The first ship ordered by a Belgian customer is a so-called trailing suction hopper dredger which will be fitted with six pumps. Five pump sets are slurry pumps manufactured by KSB’s US subsidiary GIW. The two biggest units have a weight of 5,500 kilos each and are designed with three-vane impellers sized 835 mm in diameter. The casings and impellers are made of highly wear-resistant white cast iron. The pumps handle slurry with a density of up to 1.3 tonnes per cubic metre, dredging almost 2,500 tonnes of solid material per hour from a water depth of up to 20 metres.

A 160 kW Etanorm unit serves as a water jet pump providing the draghead nozzles with high-pressure water during the dredging operation. While the sand-gravel mixture is loosened with the help of powerful water jets, the slurry is transported into the hopper by means of large dredge pumps. During slurry discharge, the water jet pump helps to fluidise the hopper content again so that it can be pumped outboard by the dredge pumps. Each pump unit is equipped with a frequency-controlled motor. Several diesel engines take care of the electricity supply to the motors. The trailing suction hopper dredger has its own drive and can, if needed, be used as a container ship.

The second ship, neither equipped with a hopper nor its own drive, is a dredger only. It is being built for a customer in the Netherlands. The floating dredger disposes of its slurry charge via a discharge pipe of up to 1,500 metres using two specialised pumps operating in series; they pump the slurry to an on-shore separation plant. Both pump units have a weight of 5,400 kilos each and have also been manufactured at GIW in Georgia/USA. The design utilised is submersible and features a high-pressure casing, an impeller and a liner made of a highly wear-resistant white cast iron. In addition, the ship will be equipped with two 160 kW water jet pumps and three high-pressure pumps which supply the gland packings of the large-sized dredge pumps with barrier fluid. Pump installation will take place as from February 2010.

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