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Friday, August 28, 2020 

Royal IHC (IHC) has handed over the 3,000m³ trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) ‘Mont Mandara’ to Cameroon’s Port Authority of Douala (PAD), which completes the PAD fleet, following acquisition of an IHC Beaver 50 cutter suction dredger and a DMC work boat in 2019.

The new TSHD is an IHC Easydredge from IHC’s popular standardised range of dredging vessels, which are intended for common maintenance and land reclamation projects. The Mont Mandara offers flexibility as it can be customised to adapt to its dedicated working environment. Initially, it will be used to execute vital dredging work to maintain the access channel to the port of Douala-Bonabéri.

Thanks to cooperation between IHC and PAD, the TSHD was delivered extremely quickly following the contract in March this year. The new vessel was constructed in Poland, and sea trials were completed in the Baltic Sea and off the Dutch coast, following delivery in The Netherlands.

In addition to the delivery of Mont Mandara, IHC will supply a spare parts package, ancillary equipment and extensive training to support PAD’s technical staff. “We are delighted to continue our excellent partnership with PAD with the quick delivery of this latest vessel,” said Arne de Kock, IHC Executive Commercial Director. “At IHC, we remain fully committed to supporting and increasing the capacity of our customers in their dredging activities.”

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