12 April 2010
Naming and launch ceremony for ISANDLWANA
The naming and launch ceremony for the 4,200m³ trailing suction hopper dredger ISANDLWANA took place on 14 April 2010 at the IHC Merwede shipyard Verenigde Scheepswerf Heusden (VSH) in Heusden, The Netherlands. The dredger is being built for Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), based in South Africa. The ceremony was conducted by Mrs. Beatrice Nkayi, Executive Manager Ports & Corporate Affairs at TNPA.
The contract for the design, construction and delivery of the vessel was signed on 5 May 2008 between TNPA and IHC Dredgers B.V. The keel was laid on 16 September 2009. The construction of the ship will be completed at the IHC Merwede yard in Kinderdijk, The Netherlands. After the commissioning and dredging trials in The Netherlands, the ISANDLWANA will sail to her home port in Durban, South Africa. The commissioning is expected to take place in October 2010.
See video of launch.
The ISANDLWANA has been designed to perform maintenance dredging works in the ports of the Republic of South Africa. For this purpose a single suction pipe has been installed at starboard side, allowing for a dredging depth of 30m. The dredged material can be discharged directly into the sea through 10 conical bottom doors. The load can also be discharged through a self-emptying system, in which the dredged soil is pumped ashore through a floating pipeline, a fixed side connection or ‘rainbowed’, i.e. discharged through a spraying nozzle at the bow. Spacious accommodation with single and double cabins for the captain, the officers and the crew is provided. The deckhouse is fully air conditioned.
Profile Transnet National Ports AuthorityTransnet National Ports Authority is a division of Transnet Limited and is mandated to control and manage all eight commercial ports on the 2,954km South African coastline. Situated at the tip of the African continent, the South African ports are ideally situated to serve both the eastern and western seaboards.
Transnet National Ports Authority is the largest port authority in Southern Africa, controlling seven of the 16 noteworthy ports in the region. These ports are Richards Bay, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay, Cape Town and Saldanha.
Unlike most European ports, each South African port has a natural hinterland with a defined market and this determines to a large extent the nature and types of cargo handled at each port.
Profile IHC Merwede
IHC Merwede is focused on the continuous development of its design and construction activities for the specialised shipbuilding sector, in particular the dredging and offshore industries. IHC Merwede is the world market leader in the construction of specialist dredging equipment. IHC Merwede is also recognised as an outstanding builder of complex, custom-built vessels for offshore construction. The clients of IHC Merwede include major dredging companies, oil and gas groups, offshore contractors and government authorities.
IHC Merwede has a staff of over 3,000 at its locations in the Netherlands. The company also has operations in China, Croatia, France, India, the Middle East, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, the UK and the USA.
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ISANDLWANA is the name of a hill situated in the KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa, 170km north of Durban. The hill was given the name by the Zulus as it is shaped like a hut. Isandlwana Hill was the site of a famous battle during the Anglo-Zulu war in 1879 and has since become a popular tourist destination.
TNPA has chosen to name the new dredger ISANDLWANA due to the significance of the name to its crew. This dredger will be operational on a 24-hour shift system, so she will become a second home to the TNPA crew. No doubt the crew will look after her with great care, as they do with their own homes.
trailing suction hopper dredger
Transnet National Ports Authority
IHC Dredgers B.V. / VSH
Length between perpendiculars
Maximum dredging depth
Diameter of suction pipe
The vessel is being built to the requirements and under the supervision of Lloyd’s Register of Shipping for Class: + 100 A1, Hopper Dredger, + LMC UMS.
Also SAMSA Class VII has been applied.