Royal IHC (IHC) and National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) have signed a contract for the construction of the first custom-build state-of-the-art trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) in the Gulf area.
The contract was signed at NMDC’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi, UAE on 9 March 2016 by Mr Eng. Yasser Zaghloul, CEO NMDC and Mr Bram Roelse, CEO IHC.
The TSHD will have a capacity of 6,000m3 and will form a part of NMDC’s international growth and fleet investment strategy, which is aimed at positioning the company as a leader in the industry.
“We are proud to contribute to NMDC’s growth strategy and value the long-term relationship with our customer,” says Bram Roelse. “Our successful cooperation goes back many years and has already resulted in the delivery of over 10 vessels.”
The design is the result of close cooperation between IHC and NMDC. It is a tailor-made solution that combines shallow draft and a large dredging depth with high manoeuvrability, and was specifically designed for operating in high temperatures. The design also includes one man bridge and a forward looking multi beam survey system.
IHC aims to build long-term business partnerships with its customers. Therefore, the order also includes a full life-cycle support program in combination with condition-based monitoring, which ensures the long and sustainable operation of the vessel. IHC will also provide training for NMDC’s crew.