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Royal IHC secures TSHD order from Uruguay

Royal IHC has signed a contract for the design, construction and delivery of a 4,200m3 trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) with Administración Nacional de Puertos (ANP) in Montevideo, Uruguay. The contract was signed by Mr Alberto Diaz Acosta, President of the Board of Directors of ANP, Mrs Gladis Liliana Peirano Rivero, Interim General Secretary of ANP and Mr Hans Hesen, IHC Area Sales Director, in the presence of Mr Victor Rossi, Minister of Transport and Public Works of Uruguay and Mr Andre Mechi, Senior Project Manager IHC Latin America.

An important criterion for the award of this contract, as defined by the country’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining, was to comply with the local content regulations, ensuring close participation of the local marine industry.

IHC has therefore developed a tailor-made optimum solution for this project, in line with its strategic focus on internationalisation. The overall project management will be executed by IHC's Latin American organisation located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, whilst the basic design, detailed engineering and highly complex dredging parts and equipment will be supplied by the company’s head office in The Netherlands. The construction and commissioning of the vessel will take place in Uruguay.

The deal includes IGC supplying an extensive training and maintenance programme and a complete package of spare parts will also be delivered.

IHC's CEO Dave Vander Heyde said: “IHC is honoured to contribute to the Government of Uruguay’s ambition to develop its shipbuilding industry, by sharing knowledge, providing training and upgrading a local construction facility.

”The sale of this new vessel further strengthens the relationship between IHC and ANP which dates back to the 1970s, with the delivery of TSHD DRAGA D-7, a vessel that still remains part of ANP’s fleet.