Adani is India’s largest private multi-port operator, and its dredging division owns several IHC-built cutter suction dredgers (CSDs). Two IHC Beagle® 8 TSHDs will be added to its fleet for use in the maintenance and development of its numerous ports. Adani relies on the availability and efficiency of its dredgers, which is why it has chosen ten Royal IHC CSDs and four booster stations, with a further two TSHDs currently under construction.
Cutter suction dredgers
Over the past ten years, Adani has purchased an extended fleet of CSDs from IHC. It currently owns eight IHC Beaver® 65s with dredging depths ranging from 18-25 metres, one IHC Beaver® 7525 and one IHC Beaver® 9029. Using these dredgers, it is able to perform a wide range of dredging operations, such as land reclamation, port construction and maintenance dredging.
Depending on pumping distance and grain size, a booster station may be required to pump soil all the way to the discharge location. In Adani’s case, both factors make extra pumping power along the discharge line inevitable at times, and boosters can help to significantly improve Adani’s production levels. Adani has purchased four booster stations of different sizes from IHC in order to deal with such occasions.
Trailing suction hopper dredgers
In early 2016, Adani placed an order with IHC for the construction and delivery of two IHC Beagle® 8 TSHDs with a hopper volume of 8,000m3. These standard vessels are reliable performers, with an emphasis on operational excellence. While standardised, the two IHC Beagle® dredgers will be equipped with a bespoke set of options. Due to the modular design of the series, the vessels can be adapted – either during construction or at a later stage – to suit specific needs. For example, one of the vessels will work with challenging soils, and so will be equipped with a heavier draghead and additional propulsion power. This makes it possible for Adani to easily adapt to each situation if necessary.