Cryonorm to supply LNG Fuel System on-board “Samuel de Champlain”

Following the contract which DRAGAGES-PORTS EIG to DAMEN SHIPREPAIR & CONVERSION HOLDING BV for the conversion of the Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger Samuel de Champlain into dual-fuel (LNG/diesel oil) Cryonorm Systems BV signed contracts with Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque for the supply of the LNG Fuel Gas Systems.

Cryonorm Systems will engineer, produce and supply the LNG Fuel Systems. "For us this is the first dredger conversion project to LNG, this is a big milestone for us" says Jos Glorie, business development director at Cryonorm Systems.

The LNG Fuel Gas Supply System contract consists of fully shop pre-fabricated dual 170m3 gross LNG tank system each having its own tank connection space, holding all required gas handling equipment, port and starboard side bunker stations and the control system.

The conversion operation itself will last three and a half months, from September 2018 onwards in Dunkirk, one of DAMEN's French shipyards.

"This contract proves DAMEN Group's ability to offer its customers turnkey solutions for complex conversions integrating engineering and procurement, as well as its desire to develop its activities in the LNG sector" comments Alexandre Richerd, Sales Manager at DAMEN SHIPREPAIR & CONVERSION.

The exemplary nature of this operation, which is part of a larger European project called 'S/F SamueLNG', has received the financial support of the European Union via the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), without which this operation wouldn't have been possible.

DRAGAGES-PORTS is an Economic Interest Group created in 1979, which members are the French State and the seven major metropolitan maritime ports (Dunkirk, Le Havre, Rouen, Nantes-Saint-Nazaire, La Rochelle, Bordeaux and Marseilles). Its purpose is to optimize maintenance dredging costs. It currently manages a fleet of 7 dredger vessels, operated by the ports and dedicated to maintenance operations.

DAMEN SHIPREPAIR & CONVERSION operates a network of 17 ship repair and conversion yards worldwide, including two in France, in Brest and Dunkirk. Projects carried out at its sites starts from periodic vessel surveys to complex conversion projects for the shipbuilding and offshore industry. Damen Shiprepair & Conversion is a subsidiary of the DAMEN SHIPYARDS group, employing 9,000 people worldwide and which main business is shipbuilding.

CRYONORM SYSTEMS is part of the Cryonorm consortium and is a leading designer and installer of Turn-key small and mid-scale LNG Systems. The LNG systems are developed to meet the international standards as well as the applicable regulations. Our scope ranges from project design, manufacturing and detailed engineering to installation and commissioning of complete LNG systems.

The Samuel de Champlain Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger, built in 2002, is the largest in DRAGAGES-PORTS fleet, with 117 m in length, 24 m in width and 8 m in draft, with a hopper capacity of 8,500 m3. The dredger is operated by the Grand Port Maritime de Nantes-Saint-Nazaire, 60% of the time in the Loire estuary and 40% in the Seine estuary.

For more information:


Admiraal de Ruyterstraat 24, 3115 HB Schiedam, the Netherlands

Contact: Alexandre RICHERD

Tel: +33 6 71 76 40 54 – Mail:


Koperweg 3, 2401 LH Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands

Contact: Jos GLORIE

Tel: +31 6 113 199 18 – Mail: