IHC Merwede secures order for 5,500m3 TSHD from TNPA

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21 April 2014

IHC Merwede has been awarded the contract for the design, construction and delivery of a 5,500m3 trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) to Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) in South Africa. The company was selected after a successful submission into an open tender process for what will be the largest dredging vessel of its kind operating in the country.

The new TSHD will join TNPA's existing fleet of IHC Merwede-built vessels, which features: the 4,200m3 TSHD ISANDLWANA (ordered in 2008); and the grab hopper dredger ITALENI (ordered in 2013).

As one of the five operating divisions of Transnet SOC Ltd., TNPA is responsible for the safe, effective and efficient economic functioning of the South African national port system. It manages eight commercial ports along the country's 2,954km coastline in a landlord capacity, with two main service categories: the provision of port infrastructure; and the provision of maritime services, such as dredging and marine operations.

As part of its contract with TNPA, IHC Merwede will execute a social development plan in order to help improve local industry in South Africa. This initiative will feature the appropriate transfer of some of the company's advanced technology and knowledge base to aid the development of the workforce's skills within the region.

Additional information

Length approx. 101.5m
Breadth 22.4m
Depth 7.5m
Draught
6.0m
Hopper capacity at highest overflow level  5,500m³ 
Inside diameter of trailing suction pipe   900mm 
Dredging depth 
30m  
Total installed power
approx. 6,200kW 
Trial speed 
11.9 knots 
Complement
26 people

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