Customised dredger automation


AMORAS stands for Antwerp Mechanical Dewatering, Recyling and Application of Sludge. This installation dewaters the sludge that comes from Antwerp’s harbours before it is stored in various locations.

The challenge
For a continuous supply of the sludge to the dewatering installation, the sludge is dumped in a basin. A cutter piston specially designed by Damen dredging plies this basin and ensures the supply of sludge. This cutter piston is entirely electrical and is fed from the quayside by a plug connector. A special control unit also had to be designed for this special cutter.

On the basis of a Rockwell Automation platform, Batenburg JB Systems implemented the automation for controlling the cutter ladder, which is moved to and fro by a hydraulic drive in place of a spud pole.

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  • Concept design
  • Software design
  • Software specification
  • Software engineering
  • Testing
  • Commissioning
  • Documentation


  • Rockwell Automation Controllogix
  • RSView 32