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Small Dredge Keeps Rapid Siltation at Bay in Patrol Boat Lifts at Umm Qasr, Iraq

The Model 5102 working under the docking station around the boat lift at the Port of Umm Qasr. The lift is subject to rapid build-up of silt, which renders it inoperable without regular dredging. The U.S. Department of Defense took delivery of the dredge in October, 2006.

The Model 5102 working under the docking station around the boat lift at the Port of Umm Qasr. The lift is subject to rapid build-up of silt, which renders it inoperable without regular dredging. The U.S. Department of Defense took delivery of the dredge in October, 2006.

Paddlewheels churning, the dredge moves into the dredging area at Umm Qasr.

Paddlewheels churning, the dredge moves into the dredging area at Umm Qasr.

The Naval Transition Team (NaTT), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Defense, took delivery of an IMS Model 5012 LP Versi-Dredge in early October 2006 at Umm Qasr Naval Base, Iraq. The dredge was purchased by the U.S. Department of Defense on behalf of the Iraqi Navy to help clear the naval patrol boat lifts at Port Umm Qasr Naval Base.

“Due to the geographical location of the Iraqi Navy’s ship lift on an outer apex to the Khawr Az Subayr at Umm Qasr South Port, it is subject to regular and rapid build-up of silt, quickly rendering the lift inoperable,” said Lt. Commander Rick Steele, Executive Officer of NaTT.

Without an in-house dredging program the Iraqi Navy would not be able to maintain its patrol boat fleet using its boat lifts system. Port security and security of Iraqi resources is critical for Iraq’s future and recent news of Iran crossing into Iraqi waters truly reiterates the importance of having the Iraqi Navy patrol boats operational at all times.

“At the time that the dredger was delivered, the ship lift had been out of action for two months through heavy silting. As a result the Iraqi Navy had a backlog of patrol boats that needed to be launched and docked, and this was severely affecting their ability to provide security around their strategically important oil platforms,” said Captain A. D. Radakin of the Royal Navy.

IMS sent over a field service technician to start up the dredge on site at Port Umm Qasr.

“I can not explain the importance of this on-site training, as this was critical to getting the dredger operating and the ship lift cleared of silt,” said Captain Radakin. “This directly led to the undocking and return to operation service of an Iraqi patrol boat. IMS’s team has provided a first class service and has directly assisted us in our efforts to reach transition and handover security of the Iraqi maritime assets to the Iraqi Navy.”

“We attribute our success in Iraq to our customer oriented team. From our sales staff to our engineering team we are focused on providing the customer with the most efficient solution to their problem.” said Ryan Horton, International Marketing Director for IMS. “Our service technicians are key to IMS’s global success. They are highly technical and very resourceful and can get a dredge operation up and running in even the most extreme conditions.”

In addition to IMS’s success in Iraq, IMS has also seen recent sales in the United Kingdom, Central America, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. IMS has also seen strong sales in the U.S. including two custom units for the City of Cape Coral, Florida which now owns six IMS Versi-Dredges.

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