KNVTS Ship of the Year Award Goes to SCHELDT RIVER

Royal IHC has been awarded the KNVTS Ship of the Year award for the 8,400m³ trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) SCHELDT RIVER, designed and built for DEME.

This year, the jury selected three nominees out of seven entries for the most prestigious maritime award. To be nominated, ships have to be developed, and preferably built, in The Netherlands between 1 May 2017 and 30 April 2018.

Included in the assessment criteria were the ship’s design, economy, sustainability, safety and the building process.

SCHELDT RIVER, and the smaller IHC-built DEME vessel MINERVA, are the world’s first dual-fuel TSHDs that can operate on LNG. For that reason, this is a groundbreaking project in itself. It has several other innovative features that make it a smart vessel and is therefore a worthy winner of the Ship of the Year title.

Royal IHC and DEME developed several innovations for SCHELDT RIVER, such as a hybrid dredge pump drive system in combination with improved Wärtsilä engine management to reduce the effect of load variations and stay within the critical limits of dual-fuel LNG engines.

For automation of the dredging process, Royal IHC developed the intelligent IHC ECO automation package, which results in high dredge performance. Additionally, fuel efficiency is achieved with two-speed propulsion, optimizing fuel consumption in sailing and dredging conditions.

Dave Vander Heyde, CEO of Royal IHC commented: “All of these innovations made SCHELDT RIVER the first of a new generation of dual-fuel LNG hoppers, which positions our customer DEME at the forefront of the dredging industry.

We are extremely proud to receive this award, which recognizes the efforts of both Royal IHC and DEME in improving the environmental performance and reducing the carbon footprint of dredgers. Building the SCHELDT RIVER has been a challenging journey. This achievement is a great reward for all the hard work of everyone involved at IHC and DEME.”

The award ceremony was held on 12 November at the annual Maritime Awards Gala.

 

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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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