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Dredging master on the cutter suction dredger

The cutter skipper, also known in Dutch as the eerste schipper ('first skipper') or baggermeester ('dredging master'), has absolute command on board the cutter suction dredger. A cutter skipper operates, maintains and repairs the vessel during dredging activities. In addition, he directs the crew. The skipper operates the dredging installation from behind a console on the bridge that has a variety of control levers and monitors.