First SHARKUDA dredge now in operation
DSC Dredge say latest technology set to revolutionize hydraulic dredging industry
DSC Dredge, a world leader in customized dredging solutions, say their first SHARKUDA dredge is now operational and construction of the second is under way.
According to DSC, the new SHARKUDA dredge class is designed to excel in areas otherwise difficult to access. It incorporates two newly patented technologies: new walking carriages, which allow the dredge to continually move forward without anchors for continuous, uninterrupted production; and the new swinging ladder, which allows for wide, deep swings to operate more efficiently than any other conventional dredge on the market.
Charles Johnson, DSC’s director of domestic dredge sales, claims the SHARKUDA is a game-changer with respect to hydraulic dredging. ‘By successfully combining designs of both conventional and swinging ladder dredges, and adding the seamless movement of our patented new technology – the gliding spud carriage, DSC have created the most efficient dredge in the world,’ he remarked.
‘The SHARKUDA offers a wider cut width than a comparable conventional dredge of its class, removes the loss of production time caused by the repositioning of anchors, and its seamless advance is faster than both conventional and swinging-ladder dredges of any kind. These features make the SHARKUDA the most efficient dredge available anywhere in our industry.’
Available with diesel or electric power, the SHARKUDA can reach dredging depths of 13.1m (43ft), whilst standard discharge sizes range from 300mm (12in) 450mm (18in).