A cutter suction dredger being built for the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) by Royal IHC has been launched at its shipyard in Krimpen a/d IJssel, The Netherlands. Hussein Tantawy is one of two vessels currently under construction at the yard for SCA. Its sister, Mohab Mameesh, was launched in May and is expected to go on sea trials at the end of this year. The two vessels are among the largest dredgers of their kind and were both specifically designed by IHC in close cooperation with SCA.
The new dredgers will be used to maintain and improve the Suez Canal. The vessels, featuring a long slender shape and high spud towers, will have an overall length of 147.4 m and provide a maximum dredging depth of 35 m. Equipped with one submerged and two inboard dredge pumps, the installed cutter power will be 4,800kW.