Extra pumping force
Booster stations can be used with trailing suction hopper dredgers
and cutter suction dredgers
. Sometimes multiple pumps are used along the discharge pipeline
, providing additional power to the discharge pumping system of these dredgers. The dredger and booster stations together can then reach long distances.
Boosters may be based on land or on a floating platform and may be almost as powerful as the dredger they are supplementing. Occasionally, they are placed on the deck of a vessel but usually they are attached to the floating pipeline along its way from ship to shore.