Global commerce does not have time for ports to silt up. If port channels and docks are silted up, vessels cannot dock to offload their cargo and move on to the next port of call. Port dredging is necessary to keep waterway traffic on schedule.
IMS Versi-Dredge for Port Maintenance
The Versi-Dredge and Depth Master give port operators the opportunity to control 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 at 9.1m to 18m depth. When coupled with the proper dewatering setup, the IMS Versi-Dredge or Depth Master can provide significant cost savings over hiring a contractor on an annual basis for port maintenance.
The patented Starwheel Drive self-propulsion system makes sure that no vessels run into anchor cables, which have been known to wrap around ship propellers and cause damage. The Depth Master’s prop drive system allows the dredge to operate free of swing wires or cables. When the port dredging project is completed, 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 for port maintenance, 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.
If you would like to speak with someone about Versi-Dredge equipment and your port maintenance & dredging needs, call (866) 483-0014 or fill out our Project Information form.