Royal IHC signs contract with Port of Douala

Beaver 50. Credit: Royal IHC

Royal IHC has signed a contract with Cameroon’s Port Authority of Douala (PAD) for the delivery of an IHC Beaver 50 cutter suction dredger and Delta Multi Craft 1450 work boat.

According to IHC, The IHC Beaver 50 is reliable, fuel efficient, has low maintenance costs and is extremely productive at all dredging depths. It is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including some of the following key features: an exceptional rate of pumping power, low maintenance and efficient power distribution with a single diesel engine, and enhanced safety features, such as a separate pump room.

PAD aims to be a high-performance port and a key player in the positioning of Cameroon as a logistics platform for the Gulf of Guinea. By assisting PAD, IHC will help it to achieve its goal, both now and in the long-term future.

An important aspect of the contract is the transfer of knowledge by on-site assistance, training and consultancy. With this cooperation, IHC will assist PAD in creating local dredging capacity, which will result in reduced dredging costs as well as improved operational flexibility for the port. The provision of project financing has further optimised the business case.

The Port of Douala is Cameroon’s major seaport and is among Central Africa’s most important industrial center. The city has road, rail and air connections to all of the major cities. The port includes a ship repair facility.