As part of Van Oord’s strategy to modernise its fleet of cutter suction dredgers (CSDs), it ordered an IHC Beaver® 65 from Royal IHC in January 2016. Built at the yard in Sliedrecht, the BIESBOSCH was delivered on 1 April and named a week later during a ceremony at Van Oord’s Rotterdam office.
This vessel is the biggest of the standard range of CSDs built by IHC for stock, measuring 64m in length and more than 12m in width. To meet Van Oord’s specific needs, it is equipped with a cutter platform and an IHC Spud Guard® to increase safety and enhance performance when operating at sea. Suitable for working in coastal areas, it is also fitted with two accommodation units.
“By building high-quality standardised CSDs for stock, Royal IHC can ensure a short delivery time as well as meet individual customer requirements,” says Bram Roelse, CEO of Royal IHC. “This is why the IHC Beaver® series of dismountable CSDs has proved to be very successful for more than 50 years.”
Pieter van Oord, CEO of Van Oord, says: “We have recently replaced three CSDs in our fleet with new vessels, and our investment programme is still ongoing. The expertise of IHC and Van Oord guarantees that successful ships contribute to iconic projects, both close to home, such as Maasvlakte 2, as well as further afield, such as the construction of the Suez Canal.”
The naming of the BIESBOSCH was carried out by Ms Lydia van de Kerk, the wife of Arjan van de Kerk, CFO of Van Oord. The vessel is due to start on the Zeetoegang IJmond project, the construction of the new sea lock at IJmuiden, which is part of the locks programme of the Dutch Department of Public Works.