Royal IHC has successfully installed the spud towers on the Suez Canal Authority’s cutter suction dredger Hussein Tantawy.
“With the towers installed, we are now heading towards the next milestone, the installation of both spuds,” the company said in their latest announcement.
The CSD is one of two vessels currently under construction at IHC for SCA. Also, her sister vessel, Mohab Mameesh, was launched earlier this year 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.
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.