Global commerce does not have time for ports to silt up. If port channels and docks are silted up then vessels cannot dock to offload their cargo and move on to the next port of call. The Versi-Dredge and DepthMaster give port operators the opportunity to control their depth on their own terms. No more waiting on large dredging contractors to mobilize fleets of equipment to manage an oversized offshore dredge in a port setting. The Versi-Dredge and Depth Master allow port operators to maintain their facilities and approach channels to between 9.1m to 18m depth. When coupled with the proper dewatering set-up the IMS Versi-Dredge or Depth Master can provide significant cost savings over hiring a contractor on an annual basis.
The patented Starwheel Drive self-propulsion system makes sure that no vessels run into anchor cables that have been known to wrap around ship propellers. The Depth Master’s prop drive system allows the dredge to operate free of swing wires or cables as well. When the project is complete the dredge can be stored on site as the overall footprint is the size of 1-2 ocean containers depending on the dredge model.
If “water injection dredging” is an option then the IMS JetMaster system can be added to the Model 7012 HP Versi-Dredge or Depth Master (DM-60). This allows the operator to bring the material into suspension and let the natural water current carry it away from the docks or channel.