Dredging the Port of Hamburg with the Alexander von Humboldt

Alexander von Humboldt
Screen shot via YouTube

The trailing suction hopper dredger Alexander von Humboldt, owned by the Jan De Nul Group, is critically important to the Port of Hamburg as it helps to remove the enormous quantities of silt that build up at the bottom of the harbor.

The following video profiles her day-to-day job while operating in the Elbe River:

About the Alexander von Humboldt:

  • Hopper capacity: 9,000 m³
  • Deadweight: 14,060 ton
  • Length o.a.: 120.5 m
  • Beam: 24.4 m
  • Draft: loaded 8.95 m
  • Maximum dredging depth: 36.5 / 43 m
  • Suction pipe diameter: 1,300 mm
  • Pump power (trailing): 3,100 kW
  • Pump power (discharging): 7,500 kW
  • Propulsion power: 2 x 5,280 kW
  • Total installed diesel power: 13,980 kW
  • Speed:14.0 kn
  • Accommodation: 31
  • Built: 1998