The Middle East’s largest dredger arrives in Suez Canal (VIDEO)

The Middle East’s largest dredger – the cutter suction dredger (CSD) Hussein Tantawy arrived in the Suez Canal yesterday.

Suez Canal Authority

The giant dredger came aboard the heavy load carrier Tai An Kou, and is now waiting in the Bitter Lakes to be floated apart from the vessel.

Suez Canal Authority photo

The CSD, built by Royal IHC, is a 29,190kW heavy-duty rock dredger and will be used to maintain and improve the Suez Canal.

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

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The CSD is one of two vessels that SCA ordered from Royal IHC. Her sister vessel, Mohab Mameesh, was delivered to Suez Canal Authority in March.