Royal IHC and Arab Potash Company recently celebrated another groundbreaking moment – launching of the customized mining cutter suction dredger Alkaramah.
Following successful delivery to her owners in Jordan, the new dredger was launched into the Dead Sea last week.
Now, the two companies will perform last tests before the vessel can start executing the job it was designed for, dredging operations under harsh conditions.
After the tests, the CSD will start dredging works at the Dead Sea in Jordan – to be used for developing a new pump station. Upon completion of this task, the dredger will be modified by IHC and redeployed to APC’s Salt Ponds.
The newly built CSD Alkaramah is based on a modified, innovative IHC Beaver® 65 DDSP with three different working depth ranges: up to 18, 25 and 32 metres.
It is also adapted for the stepping, swinging and cutting of firm soil types, and includes a Christmas tree configuration for dredging at 32m.
The 3,557kW CSD Alkaramah is a further developed copy of the CSD Jarash, which IHC delivered to APC in 2018.