A new giant dredger for the expansion of the Suez Canal

The experiments conducted witnessed the meticulous and extensive testing and evaluation of the operation of all the modern equipment on it.

The Dutch company (Royal IHC) confirmed its confidence that the dredger will be Hussein Tantawi“Able to compete with merit and participate in the successful implementation of all future projects.

And the crane “Hussein Tantawi” is the sister of the crane.I’m afraid of Mameesh Which arrived in Egypt last April, and it is expected that the dredger “Hussein Tantawi” will join it within weeks, the two dredgers scheduled to participate in the projects of deepening and expanding the waterway of the Suez Canal.

Mohab Mameesh and Hussein Tantawi have advanced technological specifications, which represent a strong addition to the dredger fleet in the Authority. Suez Canal.

Channel development

The marine expert, Captain Saleh Hegazy, says that the new dredger, which will arrive in Egypt within weeks, comes after the earlier arrival of its sister, Mohab Mameesh, and they are two dredgers built in the Netherlands, and represent the latest technology in dredgers around the world.

He points out that the most important characteristic of the dredger in terms of its capabilities and specifications is that it is “able to work in rocky or hard soil,” stressing the importance of this for “the expansion of the southern part of the canal, given that the soil in this part was somewhat difficult.”

The length of the dredger is 147.4 m, its width is 23 m, and the draft is 5.5 m, and its productivity is 3600 cubic meters of sand per hour, along a 4 km floating ejection line, and a total capacity of 29,190 kilowatts. Within the Authority’s 2023 strategy.

And the marine expert added: “One of the most important components and advantages of the Hussein Tantawi dredger is that it represents a different technology, and is able to work in such soil,” noting that its arrival represents a great gain for the Suez Canal Authority within the framework of the process of developing, expanding and duplicating the navigation in specific places, which leads To develop more in the potential and efficiency of the channel.

The marine expert indicated that this addition is part of the authority’s strategy for development in the coming period, noting that this is based on specific studies for the future of the canal.

The dredger “Hussain Tantawi” and its sister dredger “Mohab Mameesh” come as a qualitative leap to localize advanced dredging technology.

Three missions

The Secretary-General of the Union of Seaports, Rear Admiral Essam El-Din Badawi, monitored in exclusive statements to “Sky News Arabia” three main tasks of the dredger, “Hussein Tantawi,” explaining at the beginning of his speech that there is a special department for dredgers in the Suez Canal Authority.

The Dredging Department is concerned with dredging (deepening, expanding and maintaining) the Suez Canal to maintain the design dimensions of the canal, to accommodate the safe passage of all types of ships. The Dredging Department owns a fleet of dredgers consisting of 11 units, in addition to a large fleet of auxiliary units (marine cranes, locomotives, dredger boats, riding boats, self-propelled earth carriers, and ground equipment of all kinds).

He says that the first task is related to the nature of the entrance to the Suez Canal, which requires continuous dredging operations due to the siltation process that is witnessed by the current, and therefore the task of the dredger is to ensure the continuation of the navigation process at this entrance.

As for the second task, according to Badawi, it is a kind of “investment”, given that “the dredgers are working with Egyptian ports, and in other projects, instead of using dredgers from abroad, and then the canal is an entity capable of implementing national projects related to the ports.” Or the shipping lanes of Egyptian ports,” explaining that the third mission is related to confronting accidents, after the accident of the Panamanian ship Ever Given.

The head of the Suez Canal Authority, Lieutenant-General Osama Rabie, had emphasized that the dredger fleet is the main pillar on which the strategy of developing the navigation course of the Suez Canal depends, and the optimum guarantee to maintain the depth of the channel of 24 meters, which allows the crossing of giant ships with large submersibles, through the works of Regular maintenance and dredging.

The scope of work of the Suez Canal dredger fleet has expanded recently, to extend to participate in the work of developing Egyptian ports and clearing lakes.
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