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    High performance, hydraulic dredgers backed by high performance dredging expertise
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    Weedmaster clearing floating weeds
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    Dredger commissioning at Xinavane in Mozambique
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    Dredger launch at a sugar estate in Mozambique

Dredgers and Dredging Equipment


MBB Consulting Engineers is the agent and engineering consultant for American manufactured IMS Dredges in a number of Southern African countries. We have extensive experience in dredging and have undertaken a wide variety of challenging projects, often in remote locations, across the sub-continent.

The Versi-Dredge, IMS’s leading product, is one of the most reliable, high performance and easy to operate hydraulic dredgers in the world. It is transportable on one truck, straightforward to maintain, highly manoeuvrable, safe and durable, and can deliver up to 40% increased productivity, which translates into considerable time saving on projects. Across the product range, dredging can be achieved at depths of up to 18 m.
IMS Dredges developed and patented the Starwheel Drive self-propulsion system, which has revolutionized dredging by eliminating the entire cable rigging process and turning the dredger into a self propelled, one man operation.

The two Starwheel paddles can be lowered and raised independently and can work at variable speeds allowing the dredger to turn inside the confines of narrow waterways. On the surface, the Starwheels act as paddlewheels allowing the dredger to quickly and easily cut through light materials such as sludge and soft mud. On the bottom of a waterway, the Starwheels act as a traction drive system that propels the dredger forward in sand, mud, and heavier materials.

IMS Dredges also developed the Weedmaster cutter head which converts the Versi-Dredge into a weed harvesting system. Therefore, a wide variety of projects can be tackled with a single dredger instead of having to invest in several single-operation machines with multiple operators. IMS is actively involved in research and design and can customise cutter heads, and pumping and propulsion to meet the customer's requirements.

Contact MBB for more information about dredgers and dredging equipment in Africa, alternatively visit the IMS Dredges website.

The Versi-Dredge Can Tackle a Wide Range of Projects
  • Mine Tailing Dredging
  • Lake, Canal and Pond Dredging
  • Marina and Harbour Dredging and Maintenance
  • Sand Mining
  • Wastewater Lagoon Dredging
  • Weed Harvesting
  • Dredging Mud and Silt
  • Beach, Port and River Dredging
  • Irrigation Canal Dredging
  • Sediment Pond Dredging
  • Fly and Bottom Ash Pond Dredging
  • Paper Mill Lagoon Dredging