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Monday, February 1, 2021 

Royal IHC of the Netherlands has been awarded the contract for the design and engineering of a 5,000m3 trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) for US-based Cashman Dredging & Marine Contracting, under which Royal IHC will deliver technological know-how and a design package which will result in one of the most up-to-date dredging vessels in the US.

The shallow draught TSHD design combines advanced technology with a high level of manoeuvrability. The diesel electric configuration of the dredger will enable optimal power utilisation for the various types of dredging works, and the engines will comply with EPA Tier IV and IMO Tier III. The design incorporates dredge automation and high-efficiency dredging equipment.

Once the vessel is completed, it will help position Cashman Dredging for challenging projects. Thanks to a thorough selection of equipment and specific design choices, the vessel will be versatile, enabling deployment in various maintenance and beach nourishment projects.

The design includes two dredge pumps that enable large discharge distances when operated in series, and two suction tubes enabling operation in most conditions by using either or both tubes. The shallow draught allows sailing close to shore, decreasing shore discharge distances. Additionally, two azimuth thrusters provide maximum manoeuvrability.

The order is the result of cooperation between Cashman Dredging, IHC America and Royal IHC’s engineering department in The Netherlands.

Rafael Habib, IHC Sales Director America said: “It is very rewarding to see that our designs are significantly boosting the country’s dredging capacity. Our mission is to help customers in the US and the Americas grow their business with IHC’s custom or standard design TSHD or CSD’s, spare parts, custom systems and technical support.”

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