Friday, 7 June 2013

Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger OCEAN TRAVERSE NORD


Just as the best gifts come in small packages, so maybe true for the 65' Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger OCEAN TRAVERSE NORD. The first of it's kind for usage along the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes, the OCEAN TRAVERSE NORD was built in 2012 by Ocean Industries shipyard in L'isle-aux-Coudres, QC. Though only 42 feet wide with a draft of 14 feet, OCEAN TRAVERSE NORD can load 5,500 cubicmetres per hour of sediment from it's suction dredge which is lowered from her starboard side to a maximum depth of 30 metres or approximately 98 feet. Once fully loaded, her content can be blasted from her huge bow-mounted nozzle directly to a designated area that needs shallowing or pumped ashore to make an instant beach. Or, in deeper waters, her complete hull is opened up from her keel, allowing her cargo to drop freely to the depths of 'Davy Jones' Locker'. Rrrr!  If you want to see the OCEAN TRAVERSE NORD in action, go to Ocean's YouTube post at: 'www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xohkb5GQGUs'. The first few minutes or so are pretty dry, but the rest of the video is very much worth watching though you may not want to rush out for a slushy anytime soon after. It's your call. 
Meanwhile, I snapped these shots of this overgrown Hoover/Dyson/Dirt Devil/ShopVac water pistol as she passed the Old Windmill near Prescott, Ontario last Sunday afternoon. The downbound OCEAN TRAVERSE NORD was moving at a pretty good clip for a motorized barge on her way to above Trois Rivieres, Quebec where this week 'She Sucked and Chucked Shucked Seashells to the Seashore'. Good luck saying that three times real fast!!   

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