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    IHC Holland Merwede opens fourth slipway - gains new offshore orders

    Yard News // October 4, 2006

    The facilities in Krimpen aan den IJssel with the slipway in the background.

    IHC Holland Merwede shipbuilding group has announced that the Group has decided to commission a fourth slipway in the Netherlands, namely the former van der Giessen-de Noord slipway in Krimpen aan den IJssel (the Netherlands), Europe’s largest covered slipway.

    "This is the response from IHC Holland Merwede to the increased demand for slipway capacity in the markets supplied by the company: dredging, offshore and other specialised shipbuilding," said the company, noting the Group now has access to four covered shipbuilding slipways in the Netherlands, in Kinderdijk, Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Sliedrecht and Krimpen.

    The first two orders for projects on the new slipway have already been received.

    IHC Holland Merwede is leasing the slipway with outfitting quay from HBK Vastgoed BV, the real estate company of Hollandia BV.

    On this slipway, ships with a length of up to 240m and a beam of 38m can be built. The outfitting quay offers sufficient length for completing vessels launched from the slipway. The location has direct access to the open sea.

    Through the addition of the fourth slipway, IHC Holland Merwede is in a better position to serve its clients. Following the start-up period, current newbuilding capacity of the Group will be increased by some 50 per cent.

    The core of the staff will consist of experienced personnel from the existing organisation, supplemented with employees and subcontractors. IHC Holland Merwede is thus creating 600 jobs, of which 300 within its own organisation and the remainder for suppliers.

    The order book at IHC Holland Merwede, as at the end of August, has a value of approximately €780 million. This includes four trailing suction hopper dredgers, two pipe-laying vessels and a diving support vessel.

    For the fourth slipway, two orders for offshore vessels have already been won, in total worth approximately € 130 million. US-based offshore operator Superior Offshore International LLC of Lafayette, Louisiana has ordered a Diving Support/ ROV Support/ Offshore Construction Vessel, and a second, as yet undisclosed operator, has ordered a similar ship.

     

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