Royal IHC to design and build two dredging vessels for Belgium’s DEME

28 April 2015 (Last Updated April 28th, 2015 18:30)

Netherlands' Royal IHC secured a contract for the design, construction and delivery of two unique low-emission dredging vessels to Belgium-based dredging, environmental and marine engineering (DEME).

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Netherlands’ Royal IHC secured a contract for the design, construction and delivery of two unique low-emission dredging vessels to Belgium-based dredging, environmental and marine engineering (DEME).

These new vessels will be designed to be operated in environmentally sensitive locations, including emission-controlled areas (ECA).

Royal IHC’s turnkey delivery will include the dredging, electrical and hydraulic installation, as well as the automation system.

IHC CEO Bram Roelse said: "With this order, IHC has proved its turnkey deliveries are highly competitive in the international market."

According to the company, these 7,950m3 and 3,000m3 trailing suction hopper dredgers (TSHDs) are the first to be provided with a liquefied natural gas (LNG) installation.

"Royal IHC’s turnkey delivery will include the dredging, electrical and hydraulic installation, as well as the automation system."

With the unique arrangements for the propulsion and dredge pump drive, along with the LNG installation, the vessel will be capable of reducing fuel consumption and ensuring extremely low levels of emissions.

Royal IHC (IHC) recently launched a new pipelaying vessel, Sapura Jade, following its naming ceremony at the company’s shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel.

The new-build was the fourth in a series of five fully integrated pipelaying vessels being built for Sapura Navegação Marítima, a joint venture between SapuraKencana and Seadrill.

Earlier in March, IHC launched IHC IQIP, a new subsidiary formed by integrating four of its business units such as IHC Hydrohammer, IHC Handling Systems, IHC Sea Steel and IHC Fundex Equipment.

This development was aimed to support the company in its efforts to provide a fully integrated solution for on- and offshore installations, as well as foundation and decommissioning services to customers in the oil and gas, offshore wind and coastal and civil markets.


Image: The new unique low-emission dredging vessel to be built for DEME. Photo: courtesy of Royal IHC.