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    IHC Merwede secures new orders worth €200 million

    Yard News // December 14, 2011

    Govert Hamers: IHC Merwede is on track to meet sales targets.

    IHC Merwede has secured orders for vessels and equipment in its core markets of dredging and offshore to the value of €200 million.

    The latest agreements confirmed by the company include:

    • a new pipelaying vessel for Subsea 7
    • a trailing suction hopper dredger for Weeks Marine in the US
    • an environmentally friendly deepwater dredger for Zheijang Dredging (China); and
    • a 5,000-tonne capacity carousel-lay system for Royal Boskalis Westminster.

    These orders further reinforce the group’s belief that there will be continued demand for its innovative vessels, advanced equipment and life-cycle support in the future.

    IHC Merwede’s assignment with Subsea 7 is for the design, engineering and construction of an advanced pipelaying vessel, which will have an overall length of 146m, a beam of 30m and a Class 2 dynamic positioning system.

    IHC Merwede said Subsea 7 selected the company "due to its reliability and efficiency with four previous orders." This latest vessel will be used to develop deepwater oil fields off the coast of Brazil on behalf of Petrobras.

    In the US, IHC Merwede has been successful in securing an agreement for a trailing suction hopper dredger with a 6,540m3 capacity for Weeks Marine.

    Weeks has ordered an engineering and components package from IHC Merwede. Its partner in the US, BAE Systems, is contracted to build the vessel, which will have a length of 109m and a beam of 24m.

    The Chinese company Zheijang Dredging has ordered an advanced environmentally-friendly deep-water dredging vessel. This innovative cutter suction dredger will be optimised to work in polluted lake and reservoir dredging projects, and is unique in its class.

    IHC Merwede says the Beaver 4040 is the first cutter suction dredger designed for sustainable dredging to a depth of 40m. This eco-friendly dredger will be built at the components factory of IHC China Support in Guangzhou.

    Some of IHC Merwede’s business units have also acquired orders for specialist equipment, including a carousel-lay system for Royal Boskalis Westminster. The carousel features the IHC Engineering Business advanced hydraulic roller suspension system to increase reliability, reduce life-cycle costs and extend the lifetime of the system.

    The equipment will be manufactured, assembled and tested in IHC China Support’s components factory in Guangzou.

    IHC Merwede’s President, Govert Hamers, said: "The recent successes in developing our business show that IHC Merwede’s reputation as the technology innovator remains intact. Our customers continue to value the reliability and efficiency of our products and services. With these orders in place, IHC Merwede is already on track to achieve its sales targets for this year.”

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