Vasco da Gama (ship, 2000)

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Vasco da Gama p1
Ship data
flag BelgiumBelgium (trade flag) Belgium
other ship names

Da Jia Ma (2010-2012)

Ship type Hopper excavator
Callsign ORST
Ship dimensions and crew
201.40 m ( Lüa )
width 36.20 m
Draft Max. 14.60 m
Machine system
performanceTemplate: Infobox ship / maintenance / service format
29,400 kW (39,973 hp)
16.3 kn (30 km / h)
Transport capacities
Load capacity 59,000 dw
Classifications Bureau Veritas
IMO no. 9187473

The Vasco da Gama is one of the largest hopper excavators in the world. It was built in 2000 by the North Sea Works in Emden for the Belgian hydraulic engineering company Jan de Nul Group . The ship was used to build the Palm Islands in Dubai. From 2010 to 2012 the excavator under the Chinese flag was in operation as Da Jia Ma for the CCCC Tianjin Dredging Company in Tianjin ( bareboat charter ). Since 2018 the ship has been sailing under the flag of Belgium for Jan de Nul.

Technical specifications

The Vasco da Gama is 201.4 m long and 36.2 m wide. With a draft of 14.6 m, it has a deadweight of 59,000 tons. The loading space has a capacity of 33,000 m³. The ship is powered by two engines with 14,700 kW each. The suction pumps provide 2 × 4,500 kW. Extinguishing pumps with an output of 16,000 kW are installed to flush the cargo ashore. The maximum suction depth is 140 meters. The suction pipe has a diameter of 1.4 m. There is accommodation for 44 people on board.

There are three options for unloading:

  • Unloading by opening the bottom flaps
  • Unloading via a pipeline that is coupled to the ship
  • or direct flushing with the water cannon on the bow of the ship.

Web link


  1. ^ Equasis - French Ministry for Transport: dates of the Vasco da Gama . Retrieved July 28, 2015 .