Royal IHC launches second cutter suction dredger for SCA

Royal IHC has launched the second of two dredgers currently under construction at the shipyard for the Suez Canal Authority (SCA). The 29,190-kW rock cutter suction dredger Hussein Tantawy will be used to maintain and improve the Suez Canal.

The launch took place on Friday 23 October at IHC’s shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, the Netherlands. Sister vessel Mohab Mameesh was launched in May and is expected to go on sea trials at the end of this year. Both are among the largest vessels of their kind and were both specifically designed by IHC in close cooperation with the SCA.

The Hussein Tantawy is characterised by its long slender shape and high spud towers, will have an overall length of 147.4 metres and provide a maximum dredging depth of 35 metres. Equipped with one submerged and two inboard dredge pumps, the installed cutter power will be 4800 kW.

‘We are delighted that our close partnership with SCA has resulted in the launch of these two powerful and impressive vessels,’ says IHC’s CEO Gerben Eggink. ‘They are testimony to the high level of cooperation between our two companies, as well as the determination, dedication and professionalism of all involved, to have delivered on time and to specification, in these most challenging of times.’

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

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