Royal IHC delivers second CSD dredger to Suez Canal Authority
Royal IHC has officially handed over cutter suction dredger (CSD) Hussein Tantawy to Suez Canal Authority. The event took place on 18 June and rounded the build of two CSD vessels to specific design needs by the Egyptian client.
With this signing, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) now possesses two highly competitive vessels, ready to take on their tasks ahead in the Suez Canal. Both the Hussein Tantawy, and the earlier delivered CSD Mohab Mameesh are 29,190kW heavy-duty rock cutters suction dredgers with a total installed cutter power of 4,800kW.
The vessels are characterized by their long (147.7 meters) and slender shape and have the ability to dredge at a depth of 35 meters.
Final commissioning in Egypt
Once the Hussein Tantawy has been transported to Egypt, it will undergo its final commissioning. Hereafter it will be used to maintain and improve the Suez Canal, which connects the Mediterranean and Red sea.
‘The addition of the Hussein Tantawy to our fleet will further our position within the market. Our cooperation with Royal IHC allows us to standout from our competition knowing we have the best vessels to do the job needed”, says SCA's Chairman and Managing Director, Admiral Osama Rabie.
Crucial dredging for world economy
CEO Gerben Eggink of Royal IHC expressed his gratitude that his company has been able to deliver the second dredger to SCA. ‘Their work in the maintenance of the Suez Canal is vital to economies around the world. Something which became even more clear this past year when the canal was blocked. This vessel will only further enable the SCA to continue to deliver a valuable contribution to this region’, Eggink said.
The Egyptian Suez Canal Authority (SCA) signed the contract for the two custom-built heavy-duty rock cutter suction dredgers in October 2017. CSD Mohab Mameesh was the first being delivered in March this year, following successful commissioning tests on the Dutch coastline.