The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) and Royal IHC successfully launched cutter suction dredger (CSD) HUSSEIN TANTAWY today.

The launch took place at IHC’s shipyard in Krimpen a/d IJssel, the Netherlands.

The CSD is one of two vessels currently under construction at IHC for SCA. Also, her sister vessel, MOHAB MAMEESH, was launched in May and is expected to go on sea trials at the end of this year.

They are among the largest vessels of their kind and were both specifically designed by IHC in close cooperation with SCA.

“We are delighted that our close partnership with SCA has resulted in the launch of these two powerful and impressive vessels,” said IHC’s CEO Gerben Eggink.

“They are testimony to the high level of cooperation between our two companies, as well as the determination, dedication and professionalism of all involved, to have delivered on time and to specification, in these most challenging of times.”

Like the MOHAB MAMEESH, the HUSSEIN TANTAWY is a 29,190kW heavy-duty rock CSD and will be used to maintain and improve the Suez Canal.

The vessel, characterized by its long slender shape and high spud towers, will have an overall length of 147.4 meters and provide a maximum dredging depth of 35 meters.

Equipped with one submerged and two inboard dredge pumps, the installed cutter power will be 4,800kW.

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