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Two dredger newbuildings launched

Friday, 27 Jul 2012

IHC Merwede recently launched the 500m³ grab hopper dredger “Dohuk”, and the 3,500m³ trailing suction hopper dredger, “Karbala” at its shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, the Netherlands.

The two dredgers at the yard´s shipbuilding facilities

The “Dohuk” is 57m long and 12.5m wide and has a draught of 3.9m. An engine with a capacity of 554 kW provides power for a speed of eight knots. According to IHC, the vessel’s maximum dredging depth is about 25m and daytime accommodation is available for 12 people. With an overall length of 90.65m and a breadth of 17m, the “Karbala” has a draught of 6.5m. The installed capacity is 7,262 kW and the maximum speed is said to be 12 knots. With a suction pipe diameter of 600mm, the maximum dredging depth is about 25m. Thirtyseven people can be deployed on board the newbuilding. According to the shipyard, the vessels are functionally equipped and solidly constructed, with much attention paid to low maintenance costs. Both vessels are built for Toyota Tsusho Corporation, although the operator will be the General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI). They will be used mainly for maintenance work in various Iraqi ports, and the “Karbala” can also be used for land reclamation projects.