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Friday, August 27, 2021 

Royal IHC and Arab Potash Company (APC) of Jordan have signed an operation and maintenance contract for the latest delivered customised cutter suction dredger 'Alkaramah' which was delivered by Royal IHC early 2021 and has been put into operation at the Dead Sea in Jordan, where it is being used to excavate the sea bed to construct a new pier for the company’s pumps station.

This contract  builds on the positive results of a three-year maintenance contract between APC and Royal IHC on two cutter suction dredgers Jarash (a custom-built CSD) and Mutah (Beaver 40), both delivered by Royal IHC.

Under the new contract, Royal IHC will provide the operational crew to perform the dredging operation on Alkaramah’s first dredging job; the development of a new pump station inlet that will be used to pump water from the Dead Sea to the mining ponds of APC. Dredging in the Dead Sea is specialist work due to the depth. For dredging up to 32m it is not possible to use the vessel’s spud poles. Instead, the Alkaramah will be operated with a christmas tree configuration which requires specialist operational knowledge, to be provided by the Royal IHC crew, to make sure the vessel is working at its utmost efficiency. The crew will work according to a detailed dredging plan developed by Royal IHC’s dredging consultants.

The contract also comprises a maintenance agreement in order to achieve and maintain an agreed level of uptime and sustainable performance of the dredger. All maintenance and repair work will be managed and executed by a dedicated team of IHC engineers from the local workshop on APC’s premises. Royal IHC will operate and maintain the Alkaramah working at the intake basin of Dead Sea for a period of nine months or until the dredging plan is completed.

Royal IHC Area Sales Director Amin Ezzeddin said: “On behalf of everyone working at Royal IHC worldwide, we would like to thank APC for the continued trust in IHC highlighted by the signing of the Alkamarah operations and maintenance contract. The unique environmental conditions at the APC sites provides us with endless learning and development opportunities catalysing innovation. And with this we trust that we can further contribute to the competitiveness of APC in the global mining market.”

HE Dr Maen Nsour, president of APC said: “On behalf of APC management, I would like to thank Royal IHC for their craftsmanship, their reliable and durable machines, cooperation and high quality of after sales services, and continuous follow up and support.”

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