Scotland based dealer Young Plant Sales has supplied a bespoke 22 tonne HX220LR Long Reach Excavator to Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Co, based on the Island of Bute. It has been fitted onto a newly commissioned dredger which is working in Bridlington Harbour.

Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Co won the contract to build the new dredger barge via a company called Marine Design International who put a specification out to tender, on behalf of the Bridlington Harbour Commissioners, to construct the vessel. “We received the spec for the new build and we priced competitively for the contract and we were successful,” says Managing Director, Ewan Ferguson.

Within the contract there was a provision for Ardmaleish to purchase a second-hand excavator for the new dredger. “I did some extensive research on excavators online and got in contact with Leigh from Young Plant as I knew that the Hyundai excavators, were one of only a few machines that could be fitted to a dredger without major alteration,” says Ferguson.

The Gypsey Race is 25.46 metres in length, 8 meters in breadth, 102.7 tonnes and is made of steel. This is the 10th New-build for this yard. Fitting the HX220LR to the vessel was carried out in stages. Mr Ferguson explained the process he said,

“The machine was mounted on the barge once build was complete,” says Ferguson. “We pre-designed the stool and flange to suit the HX220LR from drawings provided by Young Plant, which made it relatively easy to fit.”

“…we removed the excavator from its tracks then drilled the flange and welded it onto the ship. We removed the boom off the machine and we craned the cab in first and bolted it, then fitted the boom once the machine was in place,” says Ferguson.