Royal IHC delivered the 2,000th dredge pump to be built by the company. To celebrate this milestone, a select group of customers and partners was invited to the ‘Royal IHC Pump Experience’ at its headquarters in Kinderdijk. With a number of interactive workshops and demonstrations provided, the guests were able to experience the development and production process of the pumps. Following this tour, the 2,000th pump was symbolically handed over to its new owner, Jan De Nul Group.
“We are proud to have delivered our 2,000th pump,” said Royal IHC’s CEO Dave Vander Heyde. “Reaching this impressive number is the result of continuous development from research, learning, acquiring feedback and applying this knowledge to new pump designs. IHC has maintained this approach over several decades. Jan De Nul Group has been a strong partner for years by continuously challenging us to further improve our equipment.”
The 2,000th pump is one of two onboard double-walled dredge pumps for Jan De Nul Group’s new self-designed 18,000 cubic meters (23,543 cubic yards) trailing suction hopper dredge that is being built. These pumps have been designed to deliver a total installed power of 7,000kW each, which enables them to discharge 33 bars of pressure when operated concurrently.
The pumps are equipped with IHC’s latest Curve® technology. The shape and blade curvature of the Curve® impeller ensures that the pumps perform with excellent suction properties over the prolonged lifetime of the product.