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A new multi-million pound marine aggregates dredger will include two built-up SlurryPro 6x4 centrifugal pumps.

The CEMEX UK Marine dredger, which has recently been named ‘CEMEX Go Innovation’, is being built by the Dutch defence, shipbuilding, and engineering conglomerate Damen Shipyards Group and will be delivered in late 2019. 

The vessel is the first in the next generation of environmentally designed dredgers and is designed to extract sand and gravel from the sea bed up to depths of 55 metres, including in the challenging conditions experienced in the North Sea. 

An agreement for the pumps to be included on the dredger was struck thanks to a pre-existing partnership between the Dutch company Bakker and Co. and Atlantic Pumps who manufacturer SlurryPro. 

Atlantic Pumps’ Business Development Manager Ryan Hall worked with Bakker during the process, sharing previous experiences, ensuring the correct technical specification and optimal wear life in the application. He continues to work closely with Bakker. 

“Damen were particularly taken with the wear life achieved by SlurryPro pumps and the fact that Atlantic Pumps are the preferred pump supplier to CEMEX in the UK. 

“Previous experience of supplying pumps to dredgers in the same application in the UK also allowed us to guide Damen in their choosing of the pumps” said Ryan. 

SlurryPro pumps can be found on a number of dredgers in the UK including the Southampton-based vessel ‘Clarissa’ which is owned by Aggregate Industries and on a vessel owned by CEMEX UK Marine - also based in Southampton. 

Talking about the inclusion of the two 6x4 SlurryPro pumps on the marine aggregates dredger, Atlantic Pumps’ Managing Director Andy Smith said “As CEMEX’s key pump partner in the UK it is fantastic to have been able to be part of one their largest investments of recent years. It is a demonstration of the benefits of our global reach and being able to support their ongoing needs – ensuring minimal downtime with our rapid spares backup.” 

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