Assembly of Electric Hydraulic Cutter Suction Dredger

Dredge Yard completed the assembly of ECO 200 electric hydraulic cutter suction dredger suction dredger for Canada.

The cutter dredger dredger is partly fabricated with Dredge Yard partners in Netherlands and the European Union.



ECO200 has a total installed power of 214 KW and is equipped with Dredge Yard heavy duty cutter head with replaceable cutter teeth, allowing the dredge cutter head to be efficient in all depths. The dredger has a discharge pipe of 200mm (8 inch) and two hydraulic driven Thrusters.

Dredge Yard is assembling, testing and commissioning its compact ECO dredgers from its facility in Rotterdam the Netherlands. in the near future several stock dredgers will be available for direct delivery.

Dredge Yard delivers customized Electric Cutter Suction Dredger to Canada

Dredge Yard delivers customized Electric Cutter Suction Dredger to Canada.

Dredge Yard has recently tested and delivered a customized electric cutter suction dredger ECO 200 for potassium chloride brine mining. The delivery is followed after successful water testing at Dredge Yard facility in The Netherlands and dismantled to be shipped in a flat rack and containers.

As common in mining industry, the dredger will be electrically powered from the grid and onboard installations on dredger will convert the electrical power to drive the dredge systems hydraulically.

ECO200 has a total installed power of 214 KW and is equipped with Dredge Yard heavy duty cutter head with replaceable cutter teeth, allowing the dredge cutter head to be efficient in all depths. The dredger has a discharge pipe of 200mm (8 inch) and two hydraulic driven Thrusters.

Special attention and a lot of effort are spent on this special cutter suction dredger to make sure it is suitable for the harsh environment of potassium dredging. The potassium mine, with its high content of salt, provides a serious challenge for the materials used. A high grade of stainless steel was used with overall protection of seals and removable attachments like removable thrusters.

One of the major challenges was that  the potassium cutter dredger had to have a dredging draft of 0.5 meters. The cutter suction dredger has to work in shallow waters and in narrow potassium chloride ponds. 3-wire positioning system is adapted by Dredge Yard to provide wider swinging of the dredger without spuds

ECO 200 Dredger is also equipped with Dredge monitoring system, Lightning arrest system, Fire annunciation and detection system, adding an extra mile to its sustainability and safety. To ensure the quality of the equipment, all components used in the dredger are approved by CSA (Canadian Standards Association). Moreover, most of the components have undergone sophisticated laboratory testing to ensure its compliance with CSA.

By the delivery of this dredger, Dredge Yard took one more step to reach the aim of delivering Zero emission, less noise and ECO-friendly dredgers that can work in environmentally sensitive areas.

CSD 200 dredger

Supply of dredger to Canada for Potassium mine

CSD ECO 300 progress: hard soil dredging

Our cutter suction dredger ECO 300 was delivered to our client in Dubai in the last quarter of 2019. This dredger was specifically designed and customized for challenging projects involving hard soil.

Customized cutter dredger ECO 300 (Dubai, 2020)

Customized cutter dredger ECO 300 (Dubai, 2020)

Recently, we have received some updates on the project. The dredger ECO 300 is performing to the highest standards, despite rough, hard and rocky material to be dredged on project site. We are happy to see it!


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Dredger ECO 200: feature overview

Auger dredger ECO 200 is the only dredger in the market to feature fold-able pontoon (convertible) design. As illustrated below, the side pontoons fold upwards. Therefore, the usual breadth of the dredger (3.2m) is reduced to under 2.4m width when folded. This makes the dredger easy to transport, launch and store.

Dredging equipment transport

One of the challenges that clients face, is transporting their dredging equipment to project site. Dredging projects often take place away from ports and in remote locations that are difficult to reach. This makes large dredging equipment transport difficult and expensive. Therefore, the most significant advantage of our compact dredger design is easy transport. Auger dredger ECO 200 has been designed to fit in a single, standard 40 foot container, completely assembled. A standard container measures just 2.44m in width, 12.9m in length and 2.59m in height.


auger dredge 250

Additionally, compact design ensures that the dredger is easy to launch, operate, remove from water & store for later use. Due to simplicity of design, the need for trained teams to assemble and commission the dredger on site is eliminated. As a result, the user saves money and valuable time for their project.

Auger dredger ECO 200 features

Auger dredger ECO 200 is also equipped with simple and intuitive dredging controls. This is done to ensure that no extensive training is required prior to using the dredging equipment. If the user has prior dredging experience, often the ECO 200 dredger does not require any training at all.

In addition to this, Auger ECO 200 features and underwater dredge pump, for higher efficiency dredging. The underwater dredge pump also allows for a standard dredging depth of 8m. This is the deepest dredging in the market for this dredger size.

Finally, Auger dredgers ECO 200 have low fuel consumption and low emissions. This results in low operating costs and environmentally sound dredging.


All of our dredgers can be customized for extraordinary applications. A common customization for the Auger dredger ECO 200 includes an Auger head with no cutting knives and wheels attached. This is commonly done in sensitive dredging applications, such as lined ponds. In this way, the lining is protected, when removing sediment.

Auger dredger with removable cutting knives

In addition to this, Auger dredgers are an ideal tool for contaminant dredging. However, in some cases, this dredging application can be dangerous for anyone on board. For such applications, we offer to customize the dredger with remote controls. The dredger can also include both – remote controls, as well as a control cabin, in order to be suitable for a variety of dredging projects.

When dangerous contaminants need to be dredged, we also offer an environmentally friendly dredging solution – the Adaptive Auger Head.  The Adaptive Auger Head protects the marine environment, causes minimal to no turbidity and is suitable for unmanned dredging.

Some of the other customization of Auger ECO 200 includes propulsion, increased dredging depth, additional power, and others.

Dredger applications

Due to compact dredger design, Auger ECO 200 is easy to transport, launch and store for later use. Therefore, it is ideal for small, reoccurring maintenance projects. It is also a low turbidity dredger, which is highly accurate.

As a result, this type of dredger is very efficient in environmental dredging. Furthermore, the Auger dredger is suitable for applications that require precise dredging. An example of this is water intake dredging, where lose sediments must be dredged in a precise manner. This is important to protect the infrastructure and the quality of water entering the plant.

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Dredging Safety Checklist

Dredge Yard continuously investigates and develops dredging equipment that is reliable, durable and eco-friendly. We strive to reduce environmental footprint and increase efficiency to achieve high quality equipment at the lowest cost for the client and the environment.

However, dredging operations can also be risky for people involved. This is especially true for dredger operators, service and maintenance employees. The risks are raised by a variety of factors. For example, exposure to rough weather conditions and heavy machinery.

Therefore, safety in dredging is extremely important. High safety standards, dedicated crew training and reliable equipment can ensure dredging safety for both – the environment and people involved.

What is safety in dredging?

When safety is discussed in the context of dredging, it can include multiple aspects. Namely, health and safety of people involved, dredger quality, and finally, protection of the environment. Fortunately, the importance of all safety aspects is receiving increasingly more attention in the dredging industry.

Currently, most dredging equipment is developed with safety and sustainability in mind. We have a vision of a dredging industry, which offers a healthy and accident-free work place. Therefore, we promote awareness and create possibilities for safer dredging work through our equipment.

Man on board a vessel

Maintaining high safety standards and strict procedures on-board dredger vessels is vital. Whether it is during testing or dredging operation, safety procedures contribute to an accident-free workplace. There are safety measures in dredging, that have also become standard across many industries.

An example of this is Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). PPE describes equipment such as high visibility vests, safety glasses, shoes and other work wear. While it is a simple principle, PPE has become a crucial part of safety at work. Its introduction led to an extensive decrease in accidents on work sites.

In addition to PPE, safety standards can be assessed through a variety of different codes and conventions such as International Organization for Standards (ISO), OHSAS or ISM.


Auger dredger in Turkmenistan, PPE

Auger dredger in Turkmenistan. Crew wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) onboard

Compliance with safety standards has become a high priority for all those involved in the dredging industry. IADC knowledge centre provides a thorough insight and explanations about the different standardization codes and conventions.

Safety standards

A large part of safety standards must be followed and implemented during dredging operation itself. Yet, there are factors starting at dredger design, engineering and manufacturing, which can contribute to dredging operation safety as well.

safety and maintenace training on eco dredger

At Dredge Yard “we want to involve our customers and suppliers in all our activities from the very early stage of the projects. We do this to ensure timely delivery, cost-effective production, low maintenance, low operation cost and high reliability of the products. Our customers are encouraged to witness any test in our production facilities.” (Basel Yousef, CEO, Dredge Yard).

Aside from the mentioned advantages, client involvement from the early stages allows our team to gain detailed insights to the client’s project. In this way, our team can identify and advice on project needs, that the client may not yet be aware of themselves.

As an example, this can include specialized safety features, such as an adaptive auger head design for environmental protection.

Dredger ECO - dredge pipe inspection

“Our customers are encouraged to witness any test in our production facilities”


Dredge Yard’s safety initiatives

In addition to close client involvement, we strive to contribute to safe dredger operations in a variety of ways, some of which are discussed below.

  • We follow strict ISO and ASTM standards, as well as execute a variety of dredging equipment quality tests in multiple iterations.
  • We manufacture small, economic dredgers. Therefore, most of our dredgers are easily transported in a single, standard 40 foot container or on a flatbed truck. In this case, no assembly is required. Our cutter dredgers can also be easily (dis)assembled in 3 parts through bolt connections. As a result, launching any one of our dredgers does not require any complex or potentially hazardous operations.
  • Our dredgers are easy to operate with joystick controls. Additionally, all information regarding dredging work is clearly displayed on a control panel. This means that the dredging operation is simple. Also, the operator is not required to leave the cabin, as he has a good overview of dredging activity at all times.
ECO dredger controls in control cabin

ECO dredger controls in control cabin

  • In addition to easy operation, our dredger cabins are equipped with all necessities to ensure the operator’s safety and comfort. As an example, it is mounted on vibration isolation pads and supplied with noise reduction, ventilation/heating, railings and more. Additional features can also be installed upon request.
  • Upon dredger purchase, we can provide on-site crew training on how to operate and maintain an ECO dredger. Training includes, but is not limited to: overseeing launch of the dredger; dredge operation and performance optimization training; dredger check-up & maintenance training. Since our dredgers are small and easy to operate, training is quick and efficient. 
  • Our service team is always available to identify minor or major technical issues over the phone, by e-mail, or come directly to your project site if needed.
  • We are a flexible team, always able to adapt to your needs. Therefore, our dredgers can be supplied with any other additional safety features depending on your project conditions and requirements.
  • Finally, our team continuously works on developing new dredging solutions and components for improved safety. For example, our cutter head teeth are designed with bolt connection for safe and quick maintenance through hammer-less operation. Another example includes our dredge ball joints, which are designed with a gland (locking ring) for easy (dis)coupling of dredge pipes. By applying continuous improvements to our standard dredging equipment, we make sure that the dredger is efficient, safe and increasingly environmentally friendly.

Dredging for safety

While dredging involves certain risks, it is an important process, which can be used to ensure safety for the environment and people. For example, deepening of rivers and waterways is used as a form of flood control. Environmental dredging removes contaminated sediments in a controlled manner, to ensure safe water reserves and protection of  natural habitats.

Auger Dredger ECO 200, Hungary 2019

Auger Dredger ECO 200, Hungary 2019

Achieving complete safety in the dredging industry requires constant development and innovation of new solutions. In order to encourage this, IADC created the IADC Safety Award. This initiative is used to raise safety awareness. At the same time, it rewards companies for their innovation and practices that contribute to safety in the dredging industry.

We are constantly in the development of new, safer dredging components and solutions to upgrade our standard dredger design. Follow our news page and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) to stay updated with our company news.

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Cutter Suction Dredger ECO 300 delivered to Sri Lanka

Dredge Yard and its sole agent in Sri Lanka have won an order for a standard Cutter Dredger ECO 300. The order was placed in the last quarter of 2019. Earlier this month, the dredger was delivered to Colombo, Sri Lanka. Our service team went to project site. They commissioned and tested the dredger to ensure optimal dredging performance.

CSD ECO 300 will be used for governmental projects by Sri Lanka Land Development Corporation (SLLDC). Dredge Yard’s standard ECO 300 model was supplied with additional features, according to the requirements of SLLDC. Read more about SLLDC dredging project here.

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Dredge Ball Joints by Dredge Yard

Dredge Yard manufactures and supplies dredgers and dredging components. We have specialized in dredge ball joints since the introduction of Dredge Yard almost ten years ago. Back then, we introduced a new dredge ball joint design, which has been proven and trusted by clients all around the world.

Dredge ball joint casing

Dredge ball joint casing in Dredge Yard facility

Our dredge component manufacturing process takes place in the Republic of Turkey. The process includes casting and heat treatment of all components, followed by machining to the finest tolerances. Finally, thorough testing takes place to ensure long component life. Take a look at our dredge ball joint specifications here!

Dredge ball joint testing

We always conduct heavy duty functional tests on all components, in order to ensure dredging equipment of the highest quality. One of such tests is called the dynamic dredge ball joint test. During the dynamic test, dredge ball joints are tested at a pressure, which is above the required design operating pressure. Additionally, while the ball joint is pressurized, a hydraulic cylinder applies a movement of the ball joint. This is done to simulate the working conditions in the dredge field at the most severe conditions. Severe conditions can include strong currents and waves, maximum dredge pipe length and highest pressure that the dredger can achieve. Therefore, the dynamic test is done to ensure component durability under all circumstances.

Dredge ball joint dynamic test

Dredge ball joint dynamic test

Over the years, Dredge Yard has made its name as one of the leading suppliers of dredge ball joints world wide. We have supplied dredge ball joints of varying sizes and quantities worldwide. One of our projects included the delivery of 50 dredge ball joints to the United Arab Emirates. These ball joints were suitable for a pipe with internal diameter of 750mm and discharge pressure of 30 bar. Therefore, during testing, these ball joints were pressurized to over 30 bar, in order to ensure that they can withstand maximum forces.

Dynamic test video

Take a look at a brief insights of our dredge ball joint dynamic test below:

Following the thorough manufacturing, testing and delivery process, our service team will follow up with the client for continuous monitoring of dredger and component performance and provide  support as necessary. Therefore, you can be sure to receive products and services of the highest quality.

In the media

What do others say about our dredge ball joints? Take a look at some articles by Dredging Today, International Dredging Review magazine or the Dutch Water Sector.

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