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MV DC Ostend – Past and Present

IMO Number: 8900713

MV DC Ostend

Ex Sand Harrier

© Erwin Willemse

DC Ostend – © Erwin Willemse (Ijmuiden, 13/07/2020)

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1990 by IHC Merwede Shipyard, Hardinxveld-Giessendam. The Netherlands (Yard No 656) as a Trailing Suction hopper dredger.

Technical Data

  • Length: 99.0 m (overall) 94.83 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 16.30 m
    Depth: 8.60 m
    Draught: 6.56 m (Summer) 3,29m (Light)
    Tonnage: 3751 gross/1125 net/5916t deadweight
    Engines: 1 x Mirrlees K Major KMR8MK3 – 4 stroke 8 cylinder diesel
    Power: 4028kW/5472bHP
    Speed: 12.5  knots (Service)
    Capacity: 2700m3 (Max)
  • Dredging Depth: 33m (max)
  • Suction Pipe: 1 x 850mm
  • Conveyor Length: 14.50m
  • Discharge Method: Hydraulic / Bucket Wheel/Pump & bucket wheel – 2.000 t/h
    Call Sign: MMVV5, PDCO
    MMSI Number: 244870327
  • IMO Number: 8900713
  • Port of Registry: Southampton/United Kingdom, Breskens/The Netherlands
    Sister Ships: Sand Heron

Current AIS Location

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July 6th 1990: Launched.

November 16th 1990: Completed as SAND HARRIER for RMC Group plc. Manager: South Coast Shipping .

2002: Registered Owner and Manager: East Coast Aggregates Ltd (now: Cemex UK Marine Ltd. Baltic Wharf, Elm Street, Marine Parade. Southampton SO14 5JF. United Kingdom). Charterer: DC Group.

© Nigel Thornton

Sand Harrier – © Nigel Thornton (Dover, 16/05/2007)(Left) © Robert Fournier (Dunkerque, 01/08/2008)(Right)

© Erwin Willemse © Erwin Willemse

Sand Harrier – © Erwin Willemse (Ijmuiden, 20/03/2012)

October 1st 2015: DC OSTEND – Registered Owner; Group De Cloedt Dredging.

2016: Rebuilt.

February 2016: Registered Owner: Ing Equipment Lease Belgium NV (C/O: DC Dredging BV)

May 8th 2016:

In the southern Baltic towed to the port of Gdańsk, after engine failure.

After problems with the main engine, a tug was called to the dredger, waiting at anchor. The weather was good and the ship and its crew were completely safe all the time from the moment of the problem – while waiting for towing and during the towing itself.

After discharging cargo she was towed to Wiślane for repair of the main engine. 

© Erwin Willemse © Erwin Willemse

DC Ostend – © Erwin Willemse (Ijmuiden, 06/11/2021)

November 12th 2021: Called at Dover.

DC Ostend – © Dover Strait Shipping

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: Dover Strait Shipping, Robert Fournier and Erwin Willemse for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


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