Royal IHC has secured a contract from Belgium-based DEME for the design and build of four new vessels. The order consists of a copy of the recently delivered 8,400m3 trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Scheldt River, a 2,300m3 TSHD, and two 3,500m3 split barges.
The Scheldt River was delivered in 2017 and was the world’s first LNG-powered dredging vessel. Since its delivery, the vessel has been operating continuously on several projects in Europe.
The compact design of the 2,300m3 TSHD is characterised by a small draught and can be deployed for projects in shallow water worldwide. The two split barges are designed for ease and speed of disposal in combination with backhoe dredgers, grab hopper dredgers and CSDs.
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