Today, 31 October, DEME's latest trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) RIVER THAMES was successfully launched at PaxOcean Graha, Batam in Indonesia. The TSHD, designed and build by Royal IHC, has a hopper capacity of 2,300m³ and a maximum dredging depth of 30 meters below the waterline.

The RIVER THAMES is a copy of the 2,300m³ TSHD LESSE, successfully delivered by IHC to Baggerbedrijf de Boer in August. The vessel is designed to maintain sea and inland waterways, as well as perform land reclamation. It is equipped with the latest electronic system to improve positioning, sounding and execution of dredging work. To minimize environmental impact during dredging, the vessel is equipped with the latest innovation in the field of overflow - the IHC Plumigator®. The compact design of the TSHD is characterised by a small draught and can be deployed for projects in shallow water worldwide.

This successful launching is an important milestone in the construction process of the RIVER THAMES. The vessel is expected to be delivered in 2020.

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