On Friday 23 October, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) and Royal IHC successfully launched cutter suction dredger (CSD) HUSSEIN TANTAWY. The launch took place at Royal IHC’s shipyard in Krimpen a/d IJssel, The Netherlands.
The HUSSEIN TANTAWY is one of two vessels currently under construction at Royal IHC for SCA. Its sister vessel, MOHAB MAMEESH, was launched in May and is expected to go on sea trials at the end of this year. They are among the largest vessels of their kind and were both specifically designed by Royal IHC in close cooperation with SCA.
Like the MOHAB MAMEESH, the HUSSEIN TANTAWY is a 29,190kW heavy-duty rock CSD and will be used to maintain and improve the Suez Canal, which connects the Mediterranean and Red seas. The vessel, characterised by its long slender shape and high spud towers, will have an overall length of 147.4 metres and provide a maximum dredging depth of 35 metres. Equipped with one submerged and two inboard dredge pumps, the installed cutter power will be 4,800kW.
“We are delighted that our close partnership with SCA has resulted in the launch of these two powerful and impressive vessels. They are testimony to the high level of cooperation between our two companies, as well as the determination, dedication and professionalism of all involved, to have delivered on time and to specification, in these most challenging of times,” says Royal IHC’s CEO Gerben Eggink.