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Tuesday, March 26, 2019 

Royal IHC has signed a contract with Abu Dhabi-based National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC), for an additional trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD). The new vessel builds on the partnership and collaboration between the two companies and on the success of the 6,000m TSHD Arzana, delivered by IHC in 2018.

IHC will also deliver the first TSHD simulator to the Middle East, allowing NMDC to develop and strengthen its in-house dredging capabilities and competencies.

The new TSHD will be delivered featuring a number of technologically enhanced innovations including an enlarged hopper capacity of 8,000m³ and a larger dredging depth of 45m. The design of the new TSHD is a result of close cooperation between IHC and NMDC, leading to a tailor-made solution that combines shallow draft and a large dredging depth with high manoeuvrability, whilst it is specifically designed for operation in high temperatures. 

“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,” said Royal IHC CEO Dave Vander Heyde.   

With the new 8,000m³ TSHD and the TSHD simulator, NMDC is aiming to reassert itself as a long-term global player in the dredging market. The new vessel will enable the company to be more competitive on a wider range of projects, and is a valuable 

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