A new trencher is now in operation on the Water Authority – Cayman’s pipeline extension project in Cayman Brac.
The new trencher, a Vermeer T755 Commander III, was officially commissioned on April 11 and is an updated version of the Vermeer T755 Commander II trencher that had been in operation there since 2013.
The Authority also has a Vermeer RTX 750 rubber-tired rockwheel trencher on the Brac. The acquisition brings the Authority’s trencher fleet to a total of five.
“The existing trencher used by the pipelaying crew in Cayman Brac is now more than 10 years old and it is showing signs of its age,” said Water Authority deputy director Tom van Zanten, noting it is hoped the purchase will limit downtime due to mechanical issues.
The new trencher is expected to remain on the Brac for the remainder of the decade-long project.
The old trencher will be moved back to Grand Cayman.
As of the end of April, 2017, the pipeline expansion project has continued past Cotton Tree Bay into Rock.