Royal IHC handed over the cutter suction dredger (CSD) Mohab Mameesh to the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) on Thursday 18 March after it completed commissioning tests on the Dutch coastline and Haringvliet. The 29,190-kW heavy-duty rock CSD is one of the most powerful dredgers in the world.
With an overall length of 147.4 metres and a total installed cutter power of 4800 kW, the Mohab Mameesh can dredge to a depth of 35 metres. There are also accommodation facilities on board that can house over seventy people.
The Mohab Mameesh will primarily be deployed to maintain and improve the artificial sea-level area that connects the Mediterranean and Red seas. As the vessel was designed in close cooperation with SCA, it has the capacity to work effectively in the harsh conditions of the region.
Transport by semi-submersible
The new CSD will now be transported to Egypt. It will first be loaded on to a semi-submersible cargo vessel this week, after which it will depart from Rotterdam to the Suez Canal. Its sister vessel – Hussein Tantawy – is expected to depart for sea trials in the next couple of months.
Picture by Royal IHC/Peter de Klerk.