Abu Dhabi-headquartered National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) has signed a contract for a new, high technology content trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) with the Dutch shipyard IHC. This latest order builds further on the existing partnership between the two companies and follows on from the delivery of the TSHD Arzana to NMDC by IHC in 2018.
In addition, IHC will deliver the first TSHD simulator in the Middle East to NMDC. This technology will allow the company to develop and strengthen its in-house dredging capabilities.
NMDC’s new TSHD will feature an enlarged hopper capacity of 8000m3 and a bigger dredging depth of 45m. “The design is in effect a tailor-made solution that combines shallow draft and a large dredging depth with high degree of manoeuvrability. It is also specifically designed for operation in high temperatures,” points out says Royal IHC chief executive, Dave Vander Heyde. “Our partnership with NMDC has proven to be successful in the past, and we are pleased to continue working with them and add more value to their advanced fleet.”
With the arrival of the new TSHD and simulator, NMDC is aiming to strengthen its position as a long-term global player in the dredging market. The company suggests that the latest newbuilding will enable it to be more competitive on a wider range of projects and will represent a valuable strategic addition to its growing fleet.