SLIEDRECHT, the Netherlands –IHC Merwede has secured orders worth €350 million ($474 million) for a wide range of dredging and offshore vessels and equipment.
The company’s Dredging division has confirmed new contracts for the delivery of a large custom-built trailing suction hopper dredger, 13 units that will be supplied by IHC Beaver Dredgers, and a cutter suction dredger training simulator.
The Offshore division has also announced orders for the construction of a 300-metric-ton (331-ton) pipelaying vessel, as well as a J-lay pipelaying system and a tandem mooring system.
In the Dredging division, IHC Merwede will soon start constructing the largest trailing suction hopper dredger it has ever produced for CCCC Guangzhou Dredging Co. The remaining 13 dredging vessels consist of 11 standard IHC Beaver cutter suction dredgers, a Delta Multi Craft standard work boat, and a booster station..
In addition, Huta Marine Works has commissioned IHC Merwede to develop and supply a cutter suction dredger training simulator. This will accompany the delivery of a previously ordered custom-built cutter suction dredger.
In the Offshore division, the pipelaying vessel ordered by Sapura Navegação Marítima will be delivered with a pipelay spread supplied by IHC Engineering Business. This ship will install flexible pipelines in Brazilian waters, pursuant to Petrobras’ contracts for the charter and operation of pipelaying support vessels, previously awarded to Sapura Navegação Marítima.
An additional offshore order from Petrofac includes the design and construction of a 2,000-metric-ton (2,205-ton) capacity J-Lay pipelaying system. This will be installed on a new deepwater construction vessel in 2016 to lay pipe in water depths of up to 3,000 m (9,843 ft). The tandem mooring system – used for the safe mooring of the bow of an export tanker to the stern or bow of an FPSO – will be the 17th product of its kind put into operation by IHC Merwede in the floating production market. It will be installed on one of MODEC’s FPSO vessels in Ghana.