Royal IHC launches shallow-draft dredger for NMDC

Royal IHC has launched trailing suction hopper dredger Ghasha for National Marine Dredging Company. The ship has a number of innovations, including an enlarged hopper capacity of 8000 m³ and a larger dredging depth of 45 metres.

The ceremony took place at IHC’s shipyard in Kinderdijk, the Netherlands. The Ghasha is based on the 6000 m³ TSHD Arzana, which was delivered by IHC in 2018, with some alterations to suit the client’s requirements. The vessel combines a shallow draft and a large dredging depth, with a high level of manoeuvrability and suitability for operating in challenging environments with high temperatures.

The Dutch shipbuilder will also deliver the first TSHD simulator to the Middle East. This will allow Abu Dhabi-based National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) to further develop and strengthen its in-house dredging capabilities.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.