Royal IHC has delivered an Easydredge 2700 trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) to SEMAR (Secretaria de Marina) at the Port of Veracruz in Mexico. The Bahia San Carlos was originally built for stock at the Krimpen aan den IJssel and Kinderdijk shipyards in the Netherlands. As such, IHC could offer a short delivery time.

Following successful sea trials in the North Sea in October, the new vessel was delivered on time on 16 December for deployment on a national maintenance programme by the Mexican Navy. This will involve deepening rivers on the country’s east coast and helping to prevent flooding in Tabasco.

As the Easydredge is a standardised series of vessels, it benefits from short lead times. The vessels are equipped to perform all normal dredging operations and are easy to operate.

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The Bahia San Carlos was outfitted with standard options as well as client specific modifications including a hydrographic presentation system (DTPS) and the Operations Monitoring application for onshore monitoring and supporting of the operation. Royal IHC has also provided training for the crew and spare parts for the vessel.

The relation with SEMAR dates back to the eighties when they first purchased dredger the Ciudad del Carmen.

‘Last year, SEMAR purchased a Beaver from Royal IHC and recognises its vast experience and proven track record in the dredging market,’ says Ronald van Son, Director Dredging Vessels. ‘The fast delivery time of less than a year was a crucial factor in its decision to order the Easydredge. This project has run very smoothly, and everything has gone according to schedule.’

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Easydredge series

The Bahia San Carlos is the sixth Easydredge vessel to be sold by Royal IHC and the company believes demand for its modular TSHDs will increase further. The line-up comprises four vessel sizes: Easydredge700, 1700, 2700 and 3700, which range in volume from 500 to 4000 m3.

The Easydredge 2700’s particulars are:

  • Hopper capacity (m3): 2700
  • Deadweight (tonnes): 4140
  • Max draught (m): 5.50
  • Suction tube diameter (mm): 700
  • Max dredging depth (m): 25
  • Speed (kn): 11.5
  • Complement (persons): 14