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Princess Máxima names and launches trailing suction hopper dredger Vox Máxima

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Today, Van Oord’s latest trailing suction hopper dredger, Vox Máxima, was named and launched at the IHC Merwede yard in Kinderdijk, the Netherlands. Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands officiated during the naming and launching accompanied by dignitaries including Dutch Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, Mr. Camiel Eurlings, the Queen’s Commissioner for South-Holland, Mr. Jan Franssen, and national and international business relations of IHC Merwede and Van Oord.

With a hopper capacity of 31,000 m³, Vox Máxima is the largest dredging vessel ever built in the Netherlands and is also the largest ship built in the country since 1990. Final construction will take place in the coming months. Vox Máxima will go into operation in late 2009. Van Oord's total investment programme amounts to approximately EUR 1 billion, EUR 840 million of which has already been allocated to new equipment projects. The construction of the vessel and an important part of the other investments represent a major boost for the Dutch economy.

Profile Van Oord

Van Oord's 4,500 impassioned employees worldwide are working hard on tomorrow's solutions - solutions designed to meet the challenges of climate change, the global transport of goods and the demand for oil and gas. Van Oord's core activities are dredging, coastal construction and offshore services. Its expertise and skill set the standard in such prestigious projects as The Palm and The World in Dubai and Maasvlakte 2 in the Netherlands.

Profile IHC Merwede

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 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 exploration groups, offshore contractors and government authorities.

IHC Merwede has a staff of approximately 2,800 at its locations in the Netherlands. There are also branches in China, India, the Middle East, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

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