The opportunity to supply
consumable components to the
global dredge market continues
to be an active pursuit of
Bradken’s European and North
American operations. So in
April 2014 when an opportunity
was identified to manufacture
a crucial piece of dredging
equipment for an industry
leading contractor, Bradken’s
United Kingdom based team
jumped at the chance to
showcase the depth of our
capabilities in this field.
Van Oord is a leading
international contractor
specialising in dredging, marine
engineering and offshore
projects. Based in Rotterdam,
the Netherlands the Company
is regarded as one of the top
four dredging Companies in the
world.
Anthony Rowett, General
Manager of Bradken’s
European Business said that
the customer was looking
for an alternative to Original
Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)
supplied cutter heads.
“Van Oord was keen to engage
with Bradken to develop
another source of reliable, hard
wearing cutter heads, having
used Bradken manufactured
cutter teeth on many projects
previously. Bradken was
considered a suitable option
due to the location of our
foundry in Scunthorpe in the
United Kingdom, just across the
water from Rotterdam.”
The customer was also keen
to trial a proposed new hybrid
locking system (patent pending)
on the cutter head which would
allow for the use of both a
conventional locking pin system
as well as Bradken’s innovative
hammerless system, ultimately
offering improved safety for
maintenance operators.
With the official order received
in September 2014, the UK
team reached out to Bradken’s
Bradken-manufactured 38TC Cutter Head
A
CUT
ABOVE
IN APRIL 2015, BRADKEN’S
EUROPEAN OPERATIONS
COMPLETED WORK
ON THE FIRST EVER
BRADKEN DESIGNED AND
MANUFACTURED 38TC
CUTTER HEAD FOR ONE
OF THE LARGEST PLAYERS
IN THE GLOBAL DREDGE
MARKET, DUTCH COMPANY
VAN OORD.
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