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Royal IHC wins multiple contracts for new dredgers

New Vessels // January 13, 2017

The last two months of 2016 saw IHC secures a number of contracxts for vessels, equipment and engineering packages. Almost half of the total order intake over 2016 was secured in this period.

“We see market recovery in the dredging and renewables industry, and are positive that this will continue in 2017,” says IHC CEO Dave Vander Heyde. “We are pleased to note that IHC’s strategy, which focuses on making advanced equipment for various maritime sectors and the rental of equipment, contributes to this result.”

Among the contracts was the sale of an Easydredge 2700 trailing suction hopper dredger from stock. Supported by the Argentinean bank BICE, the vessel was sold to Dragados Argentinos DASA SA (DASA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. DASA is a new company, established by three leading dredging contractors in the country. Dasa 1 has a dredging depth of 25m and will be added to the company’s fleet, which mainly consists of cutter suction dredgers. The vessel is currently on its way from the shipyard in Bulgaria to its new home port of Buenos Aires.

IHC also signed a contract with CCCC Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Co Ltd and CHEC Dredging Co Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of CCCC Shanghai Dredging. The contract includes the delivery of basic engineering and dredging components for two 6,500m3 trailers. Basic engineering and the sophisticated dredging automation systems for the
vessels will be supplied by IHC in The Netherlands. The dredging equipment will be a combination of Chinese and Dutch-built parts.

IHC is also going to build a multi-purpose 5,450m3 trailer, to be named DC Orisant, for a joint venture between Den Herder (Reimerswaal Dredging) and Group de Cloedt. The vessel can perform a wide range of projects due to the integrated design and dredging equipment. The dredge installation has been designed to dredge marine aggregates (sand and gravel) for the construction industry. DC Orisant is also extremely suitable for performing regular dredging projects, such as maintenance dredging and beach nourishment.

The DP2 installation enables the vessel to undertake support activities for the construction of offshore wind farms. It is the first complete diesel electric aggregate dredger in the market, which enables it to sail at the most economic speed in all circumstances.

IHC has also been awarded a contract to build a 3,557kW custom-built stationary cutter suction dredger and two
powerful 1,825kW floating booster stations. The equipment and floating pipelines will be delivered to Arab Potash Company (APC) in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan during 2017. To enable the customer to use the full potential of the equipment, an extensive training programme will be provided by IHC. The equipment will be deployed for the salt ‘mushroom’ project to support the production process of minerals, mainly potash, in the Dead Sea.

In addition to the 20 IHC Beavers that were sold in Bangladesh in the last two years, IHC sold a further six standardised Beaver 45 and Beaver 50 CSDs in the last two months of 2016.

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