SANDPIPER; COST EFFECTIVE TRANSPORT OF SAND OVER LONG DISTANCES


SANDPIPER allows for highly efficient loading of sand from the sea bed onto a bulk carrier. It then unloads the sand at sites where it will be used for land reclamation. By using bulk carriers, we can carry out this type of job at a much lower cost than our competitors.

Viking Dredging is the only company in the world that has used conventional bulk carriers to transport sand over long distances for land reclamation purposes. As a result, during 2000-2002 large volumes of sand were shipped from Indonesia to Singapore using the so-called BulClaimer-system.

Based on the experience from the BulClaimer, Viking Dredging has over the past few years developed and tested SANDPIPER, a significantly improved and simplified edition of its predecessor.

SANDPIPER allows for highly efficient loading of sand from the sea bed onto a bulk carrier. It then unloads the sand at sites where it will be used for land reclamation. By using bulk carriers, we can carry out this type of job at a much lower cost than our competitors.

Land reclamation is a niche market - but it’s a big niche market. Singapore, for example, has during the last 30 years imported an average 1 million m3 of sand a day. SANDPIPER will be able to do this at a significantly lower price than other technologies – and still generate excellent profit margins.

The SANDPIPER concept is protected by patents, which prevents others from using bulk ships for the same purpose. The approved patent consequently gives Viking Dredging a unique competitive edge in the land reclamation market.

The system has been scrutinized by DNV (Det Norske Veritas – an independent institution that work to safeguard lives, assets and the environment) and the prototype has been tested with encouraging results. The company is now working to secure land reclamation contracts in Asia.

Since SANDPIPER uses bulk ships, the competitiveness of the system will increase with the transportation distance. Our calculations indicate that we have a competitive edge on all distances from 50-60 Nautical Miles compared with conventional dredgers (i.e. Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers).

 

 

SANDPIPER is competitive on all distances from 50-60 Nautical Miles

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