DPC Innovation Award for DEME and Royal IHC

Image source: DEME
Image source: DEME

DEME and Royal IHC have been awarded a DPC Innovation Award for the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers (TSHD).

The DPC Innovation Awards consisted of 13 categories looking at the most innovative and forward-thinking projects that the dredging and port construction industry has to offer.

DEME and Royal IHC won the award in the “Innovation in Dredger Design” category.

Since a few years, DEME has embarked on a comprehensive fleet expansion program and a number of vessels are currently being built to significantly increase efficiency, both in terms of productivity and environmental performance.

Alain Bernard, CEO DEME, said: “DEME continues to be at the forefront of the industry when it comes to innovative solutions, operational excellence and limiting the impact of its activities on the environment. The TSHD ‘Minerva’ and ‘Scheldt River’, currently under construction at Royal IHC, will be the first dredging vessels in the world that will be equipped with dual fuel engines and capable of operating in full LNG mode.”

“Both dredgers will have a Green Passport and a Clean Design notation and will comply with the strictest international emission requirements. We are very pleased with this award recognising both Royal IHC and DEME for the efforts the teams put into designing and building sustainable solutions.”

Dave Vander Heyde, CEO Royal IHC, added: “IHC started to investigate the possibility of running a TSHD on LNG in 2012.”

“We are therefore delighted to be building the world’s first LNG-powered hoppers, and to be contributing to DEME’s ambition to remain at the forefront of the industry. We are proud to have been awarded this prize and want to thank DEME for their trust and cooperation. In addition, we will continue to develop and deliver sustainable solutions in order to further limit the environmental impact of our customer’s vessels and equipment.”

Jan Gabriel (DEME) and Andre Kik (Royal IHC) collected the award during the ceremony in London.



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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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