Four self propelled split hopper barges named after the famous Dutch engineers Jan Blanken, Jan Leeghwater, Pieter Caland and Cornelis Lely were christened on 27 March last in Dalian, China.
The ceremonies were performed by Mrs M.G. Kloet, wife of area director J. Kloet, Mrs. M.W. Schaart, wife of staff director J. Schaart, Mrs. H.B. Krekt, wife of area manager for China L.J. Krekt and Mrs J.M. Smidt, partner of project manager T.J.M. de Boer.
The ships, each with a hopper capacity of 2,850 cubic metres, were built under IHC management. Together with the backhoe Goliath the Jan Blanken and Jan Leeghwater will be deployed on the harbour deepening project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as of the summer of 2010. After final construction the Pieter Caland and Cornelis Lely will be operational mid 2010. The ships form part of Van Oord's EUR 1 billion investment programme for 2007-2011.
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