IHC Merwede Launches ‘AL BAHAR’
IHC Merwede has successfully named and launched the 23,545kW self-propelled cutter suction dredger ‘AL BAHAR’ C/D HUTA 12 in a ceremony on 8 March 2014 at the company’s shipyard in Kinderdijk, The Netherlands.
It is building the innovative vessel for Huta Marine Works, which is based in Saudi Arabia.
The ceremony was performed by Ms Sylvia Wuebbens, the daughter of Mr M. Wuebbens, the Managing Director of Huta Marine Works.
The contract for the design, construction and delivery of the vessel was signed between Huta Marine Works and IHC Holland, part of IHC Merwede, on 11 October 2012. The keel was laid on 14 August 2013 and the ship will be delivered in the third quarter of 2014.
‘AL BAHAR’ C/D HUTA 12 has been designed and built using the latest technological developments. She is equipped with separate accommodation for the sailing and operating crews, a travelling deck crane and azimuth thrusters.
Special attention has been paid to the maintenance features and accessibility. The vessel will be deployed predominantly on both sides of the Arabian Peninsula, where she will dredge hard soil in difficult climatic conditions.
Length overall 122.5m
Dredging depth 28m
Total installed power 23,545kW
Speed 9 knots
Accommodation 40 people
March 9, 2014