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MV DC Brugge – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7365851

MV DC Brugge

Ex DC Eems, DC Merwestone, Sereen, Scorpio, Proton, Swallow

©  Marcel and Ruud Coster

© Marcel and Ruud Coster (Ijmuiden, 29/09/2018)

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1974 by Bodewes Shipyard. Werfkade 22 9601 LG Hoogezand. The Netherlands (Yard No 518) as Trailing suction hopper dredger.

 Technical Data

  • Length: 80.37 – 89.99 m (overall) 72.86 – 84.95 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 13.40 – 15.0 m
  • Depth: 6.72 – 8.21m
  • Draught: 5.54 – 5.98 m
  • Tonnage: 1598 – 2973 gross/1093 – 1852 net/3142 – 5011t deadweight
  • Engines: 1 x 4 stroke 6 – cylinder MaK 6MU452AK diesel/
  •                1 x 4 stroke 8 – cylinder ABC 19885 Z R diesel
  • Power: 1500 – 1766 kW/2400 bHP
  • Speed: 12/10.0 knots
  • Capacity: G: 3964 /Bale: 3800 (1974)
  • Hopper Capacity: 2.450 m³
  • Call Sign: PHVR, PGWI, PFCE
  • MMSI Number: 245239000
  • IMO Number: 7365851
  • Register Number: 31N844
  • Nat Official Number: 4626 Z GRON
  • Port of Registry: Hoogezand/The Netherlands 🇳🇱, Groningen/ The Netherlands 🇳🇱, Papandrecht/The Netherlands 🇳🇱, Werkendam/The Netherlands 🇳🇱, Breskins/The Netherlands 🇳🇱


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June 26th 1974: Keel laid.

October 31st 1974: Launched.

© Frits Olinga

© Frits Olinga

December 13th 1974: Delivered as SWALLOW. Registered Owner/Manager: Rederij ´Swallow´, Hoogezand. The Netherlands.

Courtesy of Bernt Anderson

January 2nd 1975: Trials on the River Eems.

January 1981: PROTON. Registered Owner: Rederij ‘Proton’, Groningen – The Netherlands. Manager: Beck Scheepvaartkantoor B.V., Groningen.The Netherlands

Courtesy of Bernt Anderson

© Frits Olinga

© Frits Olinga (14/01/1983)


© HAR (02/11/1983)

© Paul T

© Paul T © Paul T

© Paul T (Liverpool, 01/06/1984)

© Ted Ingham

© Ted Ingham

March 1998: SCORPIO. Registered Owner: Scheepvaart bedrijf Scorpio C.V., Papendrecht – The Netherlands. Registered Manager: Poseidon Chartering B.V., Delfzijl. The Netherlands.



May 2001: Rebuilt at Santuriel Naval Braila, Rumania, new bow and re-engined.

2001: SEREEN. Registered Owner: Rederij Sereen, Papendrecht, The Netherlands. Registered Manager: Rederij Chr. Kornet & Zonen B.V., Werkendam, The Netherlands until 2015.

© Aleksi Lindström © Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström (Rendsberg, 25/07/2006)

September 2006: DC MERWESTONE. Registered Owner: C.V. Rederij DC Merwestone, Werkendam. The Netherlands

January 2007: DC MERWESTONE. Registered Owner: Versloot, Zandzuig- en Transportbedrijf N.V., Werkendam.The Netherlands

August 16th 2007: At Vlieland suffered steering problems. Brought to Harlingen by the tugs HUNTER, ANITA and JENNY to unload crushed stone from Denmark.

October 2008: DC MERWESTONE. Registered Owner: DC Merwestone B.V., Werkendam. The Netherlands.

© Aleksi Lindström © Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström (Rendsberg, 03/08/2009)

January 28th 2010: Suffered serious engine problems when leaving Klaipeda for Bilbao. Arrived in Gdynia on 30/01/2010. The damage turned out to be too serious and she was towed to Bremenhaven where she arrived 01/03/2010. .

© Frits Olinga © Frits Olinga

© Frits Olinga (Eemshaven, 17/05/2014)

July 2015: DC EEMS. Registered Owner: DC Rock B.V., Breskens. The Netherlands

© Marcel and Ruud Coster © Marcel and Ruud Coster

© Marcel and Ruud Coster (Ijmuiden, 22/08/2016)

2017 – 2018 Converted to a trailing suction hopper dredger

© Pilot Frans

© Pilot Frans (Dordrecht, 27/06/2017)

© Pilot Frans

© Pilot Frans (Dordrecht, 31/08/2017)

© Kooiman Marine Group

© Kooiman Marine Group

© Pilot Frans

© Pilot Frans (Dordrecht, 29/12/2017)

April 2018: DC BRUGGE. Registered Owner DC Rock B.V.. Spuiplein 17A 4511AN Breskens. The Netherlands. Manager: Group De Cloedt Dredging

© Marcel and Ruud Coster © Marcel and Ruud Coster

© Marcel and Ruud Coster (Ijmuiden, 01/06/2019)

December 14th 2022: Called at Dover.

March 5th 2023: Called at Dover.

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Marcel and Ruud Coster, Pilot Frans, HAR, Aleksi Lindström, Frits Olinga, PWR and Paul T for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)





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