Afonso de Albuquerque

The Afonso de Albuquerque had the honour to be the first operational ULEv ever.

With the Afonso de Albuquerque, Jan De Nul deploys the very first so-called ULEv dredger. ULEv stands for Ultra-Low Emission vessel. The innovative, sustainable vessel that received its baptism of fire in Quequén, Argentina, heads a whole new generation of low-emission vessels.

“This trailing suction hopper dredger is the first of a whole generation of environmentally friendly dredging vessels”, explains Marcelo Persichini, who as project engineer coordinates the maintenance dredging works in the ports of Quequén and Bahía Blanca.

“An ingenious system filters the exhaust gases before they are emitted. The filter eliminates the toxic substances and reduces the harmful emission to an absolute minimum. The diesel particulate filter extracts up to 99 percent of all particulate matter and soot particles from the exhaust gases."

The Afonso de Albuquerque was used for deepening the access channel and swing basin of the port. The ship will also be used for the multi-annual maintenance dredging works in this port and for other maintenance dredging works in Argentina.

“Our ULEv's have boosted our reputation as innovative pioneer."

Marcelo Persichini, Project Engineer

Afonso de Albuquerque

Hopper Capacity:
3,500 m³