BNR 187 - Fata Morgana

single screw inland hopper barge

Shipyard Kooiman Hoebee in Dordrecht was commissioned by V.O.F. Fata Morgana (T.C. Heuvelman) to deliver the newbuild hopper barge Fata Morgana. The vessel measures 86 x 10.50 metres and has a loading capacity of 2,090 tonnes. It is a design from Kooiman Engineering which was developed from earlier Van Duijvendijk vessels.

The hull was built on order of Shipyard Kooiman Hoebee by the Serbian Bomex4M shipyard. The fitting out and finishing took place at Shipyard Kooiman Hoebee. The result is a sturdy hopper barge with generous aft and fore accommodations and ample equipment.


The aft accommodation has a pressure differential system for the transport of contaminated dredged material. Classic dump valves are located in the bottom. The fore and aft hold bulkheads also have hydraulic slides for loading at water level. The hopper floor has three drains with a total of six drainage pipes. The inner bottom is made from strong Hardox steel.

There is a double covered garage with a 16-metre car crane on the foredeck. The deck has been implemented as an elegant pusher platform to create more working space.


Single screw inland hopper barge


  • Length over all 86,00 m
  • Beam over all 10,50 m
  • Depth 3,65 m


  • Main engine 1x Cummings QSK38
  • Output 1183 bhp at 1800 r.p.m.
  • Gearbox 1 x Reintjes WAF 562 L, red. 5,421:1
  • Propulsion 1 x AMW 5-blade propeller with v.d. Giessen Optima nozzle Ø 1700 mm
  • Bow thruster 1x van Tiem type 1200 MK1C (bowthruster unit with steering grid), driven by Cummins QSX15, 552 bhp at 1800 r,p.m. 


  • Generator sets 1x Cummins 52 kVa, 1x Cummins 63 kVa


  • Spuds on fore- and aft ship, hydraulic driven


  • Tank top made of ‘Hardox’ steel
  • Fixed deckhouse on fore- and aft ship

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