History

ROYAL IHC: THE TECHNOLOGY INNOVATOR SINCE THE 17TH CENTURY 

Over the past centuries Royal IHC has evolved from a number of independent local shipyards into a world-renowned producer of offshore, dredging and mining equipment and vessels.

EARLY DAYS OF DREDGING

Shipbuilding company Smit, one of IHC predecessors, was already active in the 17th Century.

START OF a STRONG PARTNERSHIP

Shipyards Gusto, J. & K. Smit, Conrad, L. Smit & Zoon, Verschure and De Klop start a partnership.

INTRODUCTION OF THE FIRST BEAVER

Together they develop the Beaver® standard cutter suction dredgers: a great success.

INDUSTRIALIZATION

Men, horse and wind power made way for the first steam bucket dredgers and hopper dredgers.

FOUNDING OF IHC HOLLAND

After nearly 20 years of close corporation 5 of the 6 shipyards merge into IHC Holland.

GLOBAL RECESSION

IHC was restructured: IHC Holland focused on dredging, IHC Caland on the offshore industry.

IHC ACQUIRES HANDLING SYSTEMS

IHC’s new strategy is aimed at supplementing the company’s shipbuilding activities with equipment building.

IHC CALAND REGAINS CONTROL OF IHC HOLLAND

and in 1992 also acquires De Merwede shipyard in Hardinxveld-Giessendam. 

IHC CALAND SELLS IHC HOLLAND AND DE MERWEDE

IHC Holland and De Merwede merge and in 2007 they adopt the name IHC Merwede.

IHC MERWEDE BECOMES ROYAL IHC

His Majesty the King awards IHC Merwede an honorary title and the company is renamed Royal IHC.