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MV Rio – Past and Present

IMO Number: 8613047

MV Rio

Ex Opale

© Frits Olinga

© Frits Olinga (Delfzijl, 22/11/2021)

Steel twin Azimuth thruster motor vessel built in 1987 by Constructions Mecaniques De Normandie, Grand Quevilly, Cherbourg. France (Yard No 160/003 ) as a Trailing suction hopper dredger

Technical Data

  • Length: 82.35 m (overall) 77.50 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 16.32 m
  • Depth: 6.20 m
  • Draught: 5.07 m (Full Summer), 5.85m (Full Dredging) 3.0 m (Empty)
  • Tonnage: 2756 gross/826 net/1700t deadweight (Summer)
  • Engines: 4 x Baudouin 12M26 SR – Output 771 kVA
  • Power: 3110 kW/4226 bHP
  • Speed: 10.8 knots
  • Suction Pipe: 550mm
  • Hopper Capacity: 2.432 m³ – 3.900 t
  • Dredging Depth: 45° – 35.00 m
  • Lifting Equipment: 1 x Crane – SWL 14 t/1 x Crane – SWL 18 t
  • Call Sign: FHED, PHCL
  • MMSI Number: 245618000
  • IMO Number: 8613047
  • BV Register Number: 37Q228
  • Port of Registry: Boulogne-Sur-Mer/France 🇫🇷, Breskens/The Netherlands 🇳🇱

Current AIS Location

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June 25th 1986: Launched

July 30th 1987: Completed as OPALE for GIE Dragages Ports.

© Fotoflite Ref 235852

© Fotoflite (26/07/1999)

December 2003: Registered Owner: Rio Zand en Grind BV. Manager: DC River BV.

2004: Sold to Owner/Manager: S.E.A.M. Oosterlee and renamed RIO

2004/2005: Rebuilt/renovated.

© Marcel and Ruud Coster © Marcel and Ruud Coster

© Marcel and Ruud Coster (Ijmuiden, 17/06/2018)

© Frits Olinga

© Frits Olinga (Delfzijl, 22/11/2021)

January 26th 2023: Called at Dover.

© John Pegden

© John Pegden (Dover, 27/01/2023)

February 8th 2023: Called at Dover.

May 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, Fotoflite, Frits Olinga and John Pegden for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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