MV David Church
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Steel single screw trailing suction / grab hopper dredger, built in 1995 by Appledore Shipbuilders, Devon (Yard No. 163), for the Dover Harbour Board.
- Length: 51m (overall)
- Breadth of Hull: 10.5m
- Depth: 3.165m/4.70m
- Tonnage: 671 gross, 201 net, 701 deadweight
- Engines: Cummins oil
- Power: 1215 bhp/894kW
- Speed: 9 knots
- Capacity: 623m³ (hopper capacity)
- Suction pipe: 1 x 350 mm
- Bucket capacity: 2.5 m³
- Dredging depth: 20.0 m
- Call Sign: MVEL2
- IMO Number: 9112193
- MMSI Number: 23500439
- Registry: Dover
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March 31st 1995: Launched.
May 1995: Completed and delivered to Dover Harbour Board.
© Mike Sartin (left) and the Roy Thornton Collection (right)
2008: Still in service.
© Ray Goodfellow
September 2012: As a part of a £480,000 refit/life extension programme the vessels crane was removed and sent to PLM cranes in Holland for renewal and upgrading.
18th October 2012: Vessel due to depart for Holland to be reunited with her crane.
Dover November 2015 © Ray Goodfellow
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