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Friday, December 18, 2020 

Arab Potash Company (APC) and Royal IHC (IHC) have recently launched a cutter suction dredger (CSD) named Alyarmouk at IHCs shipyard in Krimpen a/d IJssel, The Netherlands.

The custom-built vessel is a 3,557kW CSD and a further development of the dredger Jarash, which IHC delivered to APC in 2018. As part of its long-term growth strategy, APC will use Alyarmouk at its site in Jordan, where it will cut and remove crystallised salt under harsh conditions.

The Alyarmouk is the last of three contracts signed between APC and IHC this year. The first was for an IHC Beaver 65, a 2,819kW dismountable CSD that was modified in order to work efficiently in the Dead Sea. The second contract was a three-year maintenance deal for the IHC dredgers Jarash and Mutah, with the purpose of achieving and maintaining an agreed level of uptime.

“We are delighted to have reached the next phase in completing this so-called ‘salt mushroom dredger’ for APC,” said IHC’s CEO Gerben Eggink. “It’s a major milestone that confirms the strong and successful relationship between our two companies, and we hope to continue this cooperation. I wish the Alyarmouk and all those who will sail on the vessel, safe and prosperous operations.”

“We are proud to be continuing our relationship with IHC, and vessels such as the Alyarmouk are vital for our continued growth strategy,” said APC CEO Dr Maen Nsour. “The Alyarmouk will be working in challenging conditions, but we have full confidence in IHC’s technology and know that we can completely rely on them."

Following commissioning and testing, Alyarmouk will be lifted out of the water, demounted and transported to Jordan where it will be reassembled and ready to execute its first assignment, supported by IHC Jordan local office.

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