Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. is a leading international service company in the area of dredging, maritime infrastructure and maritime services. We deliver creative and innovative total solutions worldwide for infrastructure challenges in maritime areas, coastal areas and deltas. Our activities include 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 and maritime infrastructure sector. Boskalis 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 10,000 employees. IHC Merwede Profile
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 the world market leader in the construction of specialist dredging equipment. IHC Merwede is also recognised as an outstanding builder of complex, custom-built vessels for offshore construction. The clients of IHC Merwede include major dredging companies, oil and gas groups, offshore contractors and government authorities.
IHC Merwede has a staff of approximately 2,800 at its locations in the Netherlands. The company also has operations in the UK, China, India, the Middle East, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore Slovakia and the USA. For more information:
| Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. |
Martijn L.D. Schuttevâer
Director of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
T +31 (0)78 69 69 822
M +31 (0)6 20 01 02 32
| IHC Merwede Holding B.V. |
Renée C.M. van Krimpen-Baudesson
Senior Corporate Communication Coordinator
T +31 (0)184 41 15 55
M +31 (0)6 22 99 13 29
You can find the press release and photographs at www.boskalis.com and www.ihcmerwede.com.
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Type trailing suction hopper dredger
Client Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V.
Builder IHC Merwede
Length overall 137.00m
Length between perpendiculars 125.00m
Moulded depth 13.50m
Hopper capacity 12,000m³
Diameter of suction pipes 1,200mm
Maximum dredging depth 62m
International draught 8.00m
Dredging draught 10.00m
Speed 15.40 knots
Accommodation 24 people
Trailing suction hopper dredger
Click here to view a picture of a trailing suction hopper dredger A dredging vessel that is used to remove and transport soil by trailing a draghead (1) on the end of a large suction pipe (2) over the bed while sailing so that the soil is loosened by the suction nozzle. Large centrifugal pumps transport the dredged material as sludge to the hopper (3) from where it is later discharged (through bottom doors) (4) or pumped (through a pipeline or by 'rainbowing' from the bows) (5) to the landfill. The specific applications of this type of equipment include the construction or deepening of ports and waterways. The advantage of this type of vessel is that they can be used in a range of weather conditions and sea states. They can also transport the material large distances. In addition, the ships can work independently, reducing the impact on other shipping to a minimum.
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