Royal IHC and KSBL sign an agreement for the construction of CSD


Royal IHC and Karnafuly Ship Builders Ltd (KSBL) in Bangladesh have signed contracts for the design, engineering and materials of four Cutter Suction Dredgers (CSDs). The four custom-built single-pontoon CSDs (2x 700mm and 2x 600mm) will be built in Bangladesh by KSBL for the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) for maintenance dredging in Bangladesh. Royal IHC will provide site support for the installation, testing and commissioning of the equipment and CSDs.

Ronald van Son, Director Dredging Custom Vessels at Royal IHC, said: “We have been working with government agencies in Bangladesh, such as BIWTA, since 1971. We provide our vessels, equipment and expertise to help Bangladesh constantly fight against floods and to keep its waterways navigable in the dry season. Becoming KSBL’s technical partner in the construction of these four CSDs is a confirmation of the close and long-standing relationship with the dredging industry in Bangladesh, and of our added value in overcoming the challenges caused by the monsoons.


In 2016, Royal IHC delivered design, engineering, component and site support packages to KSBL, for the construction of 10 CSDs (500mm and 650mm). In addition, more than 100 standard modular dredge vessels (Beaver), workboats and booster stations have been delivered by Royal IHC to the public and private sector in Bangladesh over the past fifty years. These vessels and equipment are still used for maintenance dredging in the waterways of Bangladesh.

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