Today, IHC Merwede has successfully named and launched the stationary cutter suction dredger, MIONDO, at its shipyard in Sliedrecht, The Netherlands. The company is building the innovative vessel for Marina & Ports Services Ltd, which is based in England.
The ceremony was performed by Mrs E. Currie, the wife of Mr D. Currie, Managing Director of Marina & Ports Services Ltd.
The contract for the design, construction and delivery of the vessel was signed between Marina & Ports Services Ltd and IHC Beaver Dredgers in March 2011. The keel was laid on 6 October 2011 and the ship will be delivered in the third quarter of 2012.
The MIONDO is a custom-built IHC Beaver® with a capacity of 4,836kW and it is capable of dredging a wide range of materials. The vessel is equipped with two Cutter Special® dredge pumps, which are specially designed with a large sphere passage for cutter suction dredging operations. The anchor boom allows it to operate in remote areas with limited support equipment.
Name – MIONDO
Type – Stationary cutter suction dredger
Customer – Marine & Ports Services Ltd
Builder – IHC Beaver Dredgers B.V.
Length overall – 63.7m
Breadth – 14m
Depth 3- .5m
Maximum dredging depth – 17m
Suction pipe diameter – 650mm
Total installed power – 4,836kW
Daytime accommodation – Four people.
Company profile IHC Merwede
IHC Merwede is focussed on the continuous development of design and construction activities for the specialist maritime sector. It is the global market leader for efficient dredging and mining vessels and equipment – with vast experience accumulated over decades – and a reliable supplier of custom-built ships and supplies for offshore construction.
IHC Merwede has in-house expertise for engineering and manufacturing innovative vessels and advanced equipment, as well as providing life-cycle support. Its integrated systematic approach has helped to develop optimum product performance and long-term business partnerships.
The company’s broad customer base includes dredging operators, oil and gas corporations, offshore contractors and government authorities.
IHC Merwede has over 3,000 employees based at various locations in The Netherlands, Brazil, China, Croatia, France, India, Malaysia, the Middle East, Nigeria, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Technological innovation will remain the company’s underlying strength through its continuous investment in research and development. Moreover, it helps to safeguard a sustainable environment.
Dredging Today Staff, May 16, 2012; Image: IHC Merwede