Royal IHC secures order for upgraded Easydredge trailing suction hopper dredger in Cuba
Builder of dredging equipment Royal IHC has signed a new contract for an Easydredge trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) for Tecnoimport and empresa constructora de obras marítimas in Havana, Cuba.
The contract was signed in the presence of Dutch prime minister Mr Mark Rutte, and Vice president of the council of Ministers and executive committee of Cuba, Mr Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz.Impression of the 3,700 m3 version of the standardised Easydredge.
Enhanced shore-pumping capacity
The 3,700m3 vessel is the largest in the series of standardized Easydredge twin-screw TSHDs, designed and built by IHC.
In addition to the standard features the vessel will be upgraded with options such as: larger crew accommodation and increased autonomy; a booster pump, which enhances shore-pumping capacities to more than 4km.
Also a dynamic positioning system will be installed to help navigate it through narrow passages to protect the coral reefs around the Cuban coast.
An extensive training programme will also enable the customer to open up the full potential of the vessel.
Short delivery time
The new contracted dredger will amongst others be deployed for maintenance works and beach nourishment projects, which are fundamental for stimulating further investment in the Cuban tourism industry.
“The confirmation of this order once again shows that our focus on building standardized TSHDs with proven technology appeals to the market, and by ensuring a short delivery time, we met our customer’s requirements,” said Mr Bram Roelse, CEO IHC. “IHC is proud and honoured to contribute to the further growth of the Cuban economy.”
Due for delivery in early 2018, the new vessel will work alongside the 1981 IHC-built split hopper vessel Quality star.
The Easydredge is a product line of standardised TSHDs with a hopper capacity of 1,600, 2,700 or 3,700m3, and can be upgraded via options. This allows the vessel to grow with the business and ensures it remains the right tool for the right job.
The Easydredge can be used optimally for maintenance dredging, land reclamation, and the extraction of sand and gravel at sea.
This news item was originally published on the website of Royal IHC.
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