Royal IHC hands over second new cutter suction dredger to Suez Canal Authority

The Netherland’s company Royal IHC has now officially handed over the cutter suction dredger (CSD) HUSSEIN TANTAWY (IMO 9869368) to the Suez Canal Authority, it was announced on Friday 18 June 2021.

This is the second new CSD to have been completed by Royal IHC and handed over to the SCA, the first dredger named MOHAB MAMEESH having been commissioned exactly three months ago.

Royal IHC described Friday’s event as marking an important day in the cooperation between Royal IHC and the Suez Canal Authority concerning the building of two CSD vessels to specific requirements.

The handover means that the SCA now possesses two of the most highly competitive vessels in the world, ready to take on their tasks ahead. Both the HUSSEIN TANTAWY (IMO 9869368), and the CSD MOHAB MAMEESH which was delivered earlier in April, are 29,190kW heavy-duty rock cutter suction dredgers with a total installed cutter power of 4,800kW.

The vessels are characterised by their long and slender shape (147.7 metres) and have the ability to dredge at a depth of 35 metres.

Once the Hussein Tantawy has been transported to Egypt, it will undergo its final commissioning, after which it will join the sister dredger in being used to maintain and improve the Suez Canal.

“The addition of the Hussein Tantawy to our fleet will further our position within the market. Our cooperation with Royal IHC allows us to standout from our competition knowing we have the best vessels to do the job needed,” said SCA’s Chairman and Managing Director, Admiral Osama Rabie.

“We are thrilled to be able to deliver the second CSD to our valued partner SCA,” said Royal IHC CEO Gerben Eggink. “Their work in the maintenance of Suez Canal is vital to economies around the world. Something which became even more clear this past year when the canal was blocked.”

Eggink said the vessel will further enable the SCA to continue to deliver a valuable contribution to the region.

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