Last year, Straatman was awarded an order for a bow discharge coupling unit, by Damen Dredging Equipment. Straatman completed the engineering and production of this impressive 50 ton assembly at its factory in Zwijndrecht.
The bow coupling, with an inside diameter of ø900 mm, consists of a fixed female part welded to the gantry bend, and a separate male coupling part with integrated floating body. The platform construction, which supports the coupling, is suitable for welding directly onto the deck of the dredger.
The completed bow discharge assembly has left our factory earlier this year, ready for installation on the vessel.
The bow coupling connects the ship and floating pipeline. The coupling has both a female and male part.
The female part is fixed to the bend of the discharge pipe and the loose male part must be mounted to the floating hose. The female part is provided with hydraulic operated cylinders for opening/closing of the retaining ring and securing the lock pins.
Courtesy of Straatman BV.