Royal IHC to supply trailing suction hopper dredger to Cameroon

To autonomously manage its dredging activities, Cameroon’s Port Authority of Douala (PAD) already acquired an IHC Beaver 50 cutter suction dredger and a DMC work boat in 2019. This first order will now be completed by an IHC Easydredge trailing suction hopper dredger with a 3000-cubic-metre hopper capacity.

This vessel will be used to dredge the access channel to the port of Douala-Bonabéri. The IHC Easydredge is a product within IHC’s standardised range of dredging vessels. The flexible concept, available in four models and with hopper capacities ranging from 500 to 4000 cubic metres, is ideal for most common maintenance and land reclamation projects.

PAD’s Easydredge is designed with sufficient space to house various options, and can be customised so that it can adapt to its dedicated working environment. The order also includes an extensive training and support programme aimed at developing and strengthening the skills of PAD’s technical staff.

PAD seeks to draw from IHC’s experience to improve its infrastructure. Managing dredging projects themselves is also to reduce costs and control-related expenses, while improving the port’s operational flexibility.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

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