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Monday, June 1, 2020 

Royal IHC has been awarded a contract for the engineering and equipment delivery for a new 6,540m Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) for Weeks Marine.

The new dredger, to be named RB Weeks, will be an identical sister to the Magdalen that was delivered in 2017, and will be built at Eastern Shipbuilding Group’s Allanton Shipyard Panama City, Florida. The new TSHD is designed for beach nourishment and capital dredging works and will be highly automated. IHC's contract includes supply of key components as well as the provision of several technical services during the construction process.

According to IHC, the repeat order confirms the satisfaction expressed by Weeks about the construction of the Magdalen and its performance, and underlines IHC’s proven track record in designing world-class dredging vessels and equipment.

Hans B Blomberg, Weeks’ Technical Manager Hopper Dredgers, said: “We are excited to be working with Royal IHC again on our sister vessel construction project. IHC’s engineering and hardware supply services will assure that we will once again have a first-class vessel utilising the most modern and innovative technology available on the market.”

Erdinç Açıkel, IHC Head of Custom-Built Hopper Dredgers, said: “We are proud that Weeks – a long-standing and highly valued customer of ours – has again chosen IHC to be its reliable partner. It underscores the trust that this leading market player in the USA puts in the performance and technology of our engineering and dredging solutions.”

Like the Madgalen, the RB Weeks will be equipped with IHC-designed and built equipment, including the complete and highly efficient dredging installation, dredging automation and instrumentation, propulsion and main electrical system. It will be equipped with IHC’s dynamic positioning and tracking (DP/DT) system and eco pump controllers, which will both enhance efficiency. Technical services to be provided by IHC will include assistance of qualified engineers for inspection during installation of the delivered equipment at the shipyard, and support during start-up and commissioning of the dredger. The delivery of the RB Weeks is scheduled for early 2023.

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