The orders include a copy of the recently delivered 8,400 cu.m LNG dual fuel trailing suction hopper dredge (TSHD) Scheldt River, plus a 2,300 cu.m TSHD, and two 3,500 cu.m split barges.
The compact design of the 2,300 cu.m TSHD is characterized by a small draft and the vessels can be deployed for projects in shallow water worldwide. The two split barges are based on the IHC standard split trail 3,500 design. The ease and speed of disposal makes them highly attractive for use in combination with backhoe dredgers, grab hopper dredges and CSDs such as the Spartacus, (see earlier story) which is currently being built by IHC at its Krimpen aan den IJssel shipyard in the Netherlands.
Dave Vander Heyde, CEO of Royal IHC: "IHC is proud that DEME has ordered four highly competitive new vessels. With this order, the number of trailing suction hopper dredges in the fleet of DEME, designed and built by IHC, adds up to 21. The partnership with DEME has proven to be successful in the past, and we are pleased to continue our partnership with them by adding more value and technical capabilities to their advanced fleet."
"This order once again signifies our ongoing commitment to operate the most modern, versatile and environmental friendly fleet in the industry," says Alain Bernard, CEO and Director of DEME. "With our multi-year fleet investment program we are driving new levels of performance, further enhancing the capacity of our fleet, and providing our clients with flexible solutions for dredging and reclamation projects in various environments."