Dredge Masters Ghana and IHC Dredging to boost African dredging capacity
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In a move that signals growing ambitions for Dredge Masters Limited (DML) in Africa, IHC Dredging and DML announced they have commissioned two Beaver cutter suction dredgers and marine equipment in a ceremony that took place on 25 May in Ghana.
The dredgers and equipment were commissioned by His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the President of the Republic of Ghana. The commissioning of the dredgers and equipment provides Dredge Masters Ghana with the latest marine technology to be operated by local engineers and technical staff.
Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, Chairman of the Jospong Group, of which DML is a part of, said: “Our objective is to be the most successful African Holding company, leading in every sector we operate. With our mission ‘improving the lives of people’ dredging has become an important part of our group.”
Catina Geselschap, Director PMG Dredging Standard Modular vessels at IHC, added “Together we can make an impact in Ghana and the region. We look forward to providing support building local dredging capacity and enhancing technical knowledge.”
IHC Dredging has offered Dredge Masters two Beaver 50 dredgers, and already delivered two Delta Multi Craft work boats to perform supporting operations.
This joint partnership will result in a “major breakthrough” in dredging for the African region, said IHC.
The Beaver 50 is said to be fuel efficient, has low maintenance costs and is productive at all dredging depths. It has a high rate of pumping power, improved ergonomics and diagnostics, and efficient power distribution with a single diesel engine. It is also described by IHC as environmentally friendly and has enhanced safety features such as a separate pump room.
A critical spare parts package, training package, planned maintenance system and two discharge pipeline systems are also additionally included.
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