The keel laying ceremony for the first custom-build trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) in the Gulf area took place yesterday at Royal IHC’s shipyard in Kinderdijk.
The vessel is being built for the National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC), an Abu Dhabi based marine contractor.
The Arzanah will have a capacity of 6.000m³ and will form a part of NMDC’s international growth and fleet investment strategy which is aimed at positioning the company as a leader in the industry, Royal IHC said in its announcement.
The vessel will be delivered in the first half of 2018.
The contract for this custom-built TSHD was signed in March 2016 and follows successful cooperation between the two companies in the past such as the construction of the 10.919 kW heavy duty cutter suction dredger (CSD) Al Mirfa, built by IHC Merwede (now Royal IHC) for NMDC back in 2000.