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Van Oord strengthens fleet with new cutter suction dredger

Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 22 January 2016 – Van Oord has ordered a new cutter suction dredger from Royal IHC. The vessel, a modular IHC Beaver® 65 DDSP built at the yard in Sliedrecht, will be delivered on 1 April 2016. The cutter suction dredger will be named Biesbosch. After delivery, the vessel will be deployed at the ‘Zeetoegang IJmuiden’ project, which is part of the locks programme of the Dutch Department of Public Works.

The vessel, with a length of 64 m and a width of more than 12 m, is part of Van Oord’s strategy to invest in replacements for its fleet of cutter suction dredgers. The Biesbosch will be Van Oord’s third new cutter suction dredger over a period of twelve months. This accelerated modernisation of Van Oord’s fleet of cutter suction dredgers delivers a significant contribution to its sustainability programme (through fuel efficiency etc). The cutter suction dredger has been equipped in accordance with Van Oord’s safety and environmental requirements.

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