FKAB Upgrades Split Barges Design
After several years as designer within the dredging industry, a subsidiary of FKAB, an independent Marine Engineering Company, FKAB Marine Design has recently improved the Split Barges design both in building price as well as operation wise.
The design builds on the experiences in constructing both pure Split Hopper Barges, Trailer Suction Dredgers with bottom doors as well as the Split type.
The idea is to separate the Engine Room including Deckhouse from the Split Hopper units. With this, one common single engine room is provided with the deckhouse connected right above as for normal ships, free from the inclination of the Split units.
NOSPER will give following benefits:
- One common engine room.
- Engine room can be manned during split for service and maintenance work.
- Direct inner access to engine room from deckhouse as for normal ships.
- Much less number of flexible cables and hoses between split a no-split parts.
- Construction can be shared between the advanced engine room/accommodation part at one yard and the hopper parts at another yard.
This development is based on a Push System for Split Hoppers, designed by FKAB Marin Design, approved by BV and has been in operation for a while, with good result.
Press Release, November 6, 2013