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16,500 kW dredger launched

16,500 kW dredger launched
The naming and launch ceremony of the 16,500 kW stationary cutter suction dredger Al Sakab took place at the IHC Merwede yard in Sliedrecht in the Netherlands on Monday.

The naming and launch ceremony of the 16,500 kW stationary cutter suction dredger Al Sakab took place at the IHC Merwede yard in Sliedrecht in the Netherlands on Monday.

The naming and launch ceremony of the 16,500 kW stationary cutter suction dredger Al Sakab took place at the IHC Merwede yard in Sliedrecht in the Netherlands on Monday.

The ship is being built for HUTA Marine Works Ltd in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The ceremony was conducted by Britta and Sylvia Wuebbens, the daughters of Mr M. Wuebbens, managing director of HUTA Marine Works Ltd. According to the traditions of Islam, rose water instead of champagne was used for the naming ceremony. The ship is named after the first horse Prophet Mohammad ever purchased. It means "smooth, swift like the flow of running water".

IHC Merwede and HUTA Marine Works signed the contract in early 2007 for the design, construction and delivery of the Al Sakab. The keel of the vessel was laid on 19 December 2008.

The Al Sakab is the first dredger ever to be custom built for HUTA Marine Works Ltd. It will be commissioned and added to the fleet in Jeddah early in 2010.

Al Sakab is a single pontoon cutter suction dredger measuring 124.5m LOA, with a beam of 20.3m, an average draught of 4.5m, and total installed power of 16,500 Kw. The cutter ladder will work to a maximum dredging depth of 25m, with dredge pumps installed both in the ladder and on board the vessel guaranteeing fast dredging cycles.

Rock and soil is discharged to shore through a 900mm diameter floating line at the aft end of the vessel or through the barge loading system on the sides of the vessel.

The dredger is held in position during dredging by a spud, swinging on anchors positioned on either side forward of the dredger. Forward motion is achieved with a hydraulically powered spud carriage situated at the aft end of the pontoon.

The complete dredging cycle can be performed in automatic mode for ease of operation. A travelling crane has been installed on deck for access to all major equipment on board. The Al Sakab was built to Bureau Veritas rules and regulations.

HUTA Marine Works Ltd. has established itself as a major marine contractor in Saudi Arabia. With more than 6,000 employees and a fleet exceeding 90 marine construction vessels, HUTA Marine covers the entire scope of marine civil engineering and dredging activities required for civil, commercial and industrial marine infrastructure works. HUTA Marine currently operates a fleet of 11 cutter suction dredgers with from 4,000 to 22,000HP and a cumulative production capacity of 30m to 40m cu/m per year. They are capable of dredging the hardest rock that may be encountered in the Middle East.

www.TurkishMaritime.com.tr

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