26 November 2007

Boskalis orders two 12.000 m³ trailing suction hopper dredgers with IHC Merwede

Press release


IHC Merwede BV is proud to announce that dredging concern Royal Boskalis Westminster nv has placed orders for the construction of two innovative 12,000m³ trailing suction hopper dredgers. The dredgers will be completed at the end of 2009 and second quarter of 2011. With these orders included the present value of the work in progress of IHC Merwede is approximately 1.4 billion euros.

The dredgers have an overall length of 137 meters and will be equipped with one single suction tube each. The new ships stand out because of the use of innovative technologies. They will have two separate hoppers, allowing for the optimal use of their capacity in all circumstances, including shallow waters. In addition, the pumping capacity on the vessels is high, allowing them to pump large volumes over longer distances. This means that they can be used in a wide range of projects throughout the world, for both large-scale land reclamation and the construction of ports and waterways.

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Profile Royal Boskalis Westminster nv
Royal Boskalis Westminster nv is an international group with a leading position in the world market for dredging services. Its core activities are the construction and maintenance of ports and waterways, land reclamation, coastal defense and riverbank protection. The company holds important home market positions in and outside of Europe and targets all market segments in the dredging industry. It also has positions in strategic partnerships in the Middle East (Archirodon) and in offshore services (Lamnalco). Boskalis has a versatile fleet of over 300 units and operates in over 50 countries across five continents. Including its share in partnerships, Boskalis has approximately 8,000 employees.

Profile IHC Merwede
IHC Merwede is focused on the continuous development of its design and construction activities for the specialised shipbuilding sector, in particular the dredging and offshore industries.

IHC Merwede is world market leader in the construction of specialist dredging equipment and complex custom-built offshore vessels. The clients of IHC Holland Merwede include major dredging companies, oil and gas exploration groups, offshore contractors and government authorities.

IHC Merwede has a staff of approximately 2,000 at its locations in Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Kinderdijk, Krimpen aan den IJssel, Sliedrecht, Apeldoorn, Delfgauw, Goes, Hendrik Ido Ambacht and Heusden. There are also branches in China, Houston (USA), India, the Middle East and Singapore.

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For more information on IHC Merwede please contact:

IHC Merwede
Mrs. Renée van Krimpen-Baudesson


+31 (0) 184 411555

26 November 2007