Royal IHC has officially handed over cutter suction dredger Hussein Tantawy to the Suez Canal Authority. Both the Hussein Tantawy and the Mohab Mameesh delivered earlier are 29,190-kW heavy-duty rock cutter suction dredgers with a total installed cutter power of 4800 kW.

The vessels are characterised by their long (147.7 metres) and slender shape and have the ability to dredge at a depth of 35 metres. The Hussein Tantawy and Mohab Mameesh are among the most powerful dredgers in the world.

Once the Hussein Tantawy has been transported to Egypt, it will undergo its final commissioning. Hereafter it will be used to maintain and improve the Suez Canal, which connects the Mediterranean and Red seas.

‘The addition of the Hussein Tantawy to our fleet will further our position within the market,’ says Suez Canal Authority (SCA)’s Chairman and Managing Director, Admiral Osama Rabie. ‘Our cooperation with Royal IHC allows us to standout from our competition knowing we have the best vessels to do the job needed.’

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‘We are thrilled to be able to deliver the second CSD to our valued partner SCA,’ adds Royal IHC CEO Gerben Eggink. “Their work in the maintenance of the Suez Canal is vital to economies around the world. Something which became even more clear this past year when the canal was blocked. This vessel will only further enable the SCA to continue to deliver a valuable contribution to this region.’

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