Suez Canal Authority placed order for two heavy-duty rock cutter suction dredgers (CSDs). The contract for construction was signed with Royal IHC for the design and construction of two custom-built vessels, each with 29,190kW. the building operations will be conducted in Netherlands and the delivery is expected in 2020.
The heavy-duty rock cutter suction dredgers will have an overall length of 147.40 m and maximum dredging depth of 35.00 m. The ships will be equipped with one submerged and two inboard dredge pumps and the total cutter power will be 4,800 kW.
“Signing this contract is of great importance for Suez Canal. It is a serious step towards upgrading our fleet of dredgers, and means that we will have the world’s largest CSDs in terms of dimensions and total power. The new state-of-the-art CSDs from Royal IHC will enable Suez Canal Authority to participate in deepening and widening the waterway and help realize the Egyptian plan to develop local ports”, said the Chairman and Managing Director of Suez Canal Authority, Admiral Mohab Mohamed Hussien Mameesh.
Suez Canal is an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea through the Isthmus of Suez.
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