New look ‘Queen of the Netherlands’ back at Port Phillip

A new and improved ‘Queen of the Netherlands’ arrived back in Melbourne, Australia yesterday morning (April 8) as part of the Channel Deepening Project in Port Phillip.

The ‘Queen’, which is the project’s main dredge vessel, has returned from dry dock in Singapore where she underwent pre-planned, mid-ship lengthening and reconstruction works, turning her into one of the world’s largest dredging vessels.The ‘Queen’ is among the world’s most technologically advanced dredging vessels and the largest in the fleet of about 300 operated by international dredging company, Royal Boskalis Westminster.In Singapore, the vessel’s length was extended to 230 metres from its previous 173 metres and its carrying capacity is now 35,500 cubic metres, up from 23,300 cubic metres. The new-look vessel also has been fitted with a bulbous bow for increased efficiency and stability.

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