Royal Boskalis Westminster NV and a Cypriot partner have been awarded an 11-year contract for maintenance dredging work in the Middle East.

Boskalis and its partner will develop and build an electrical cutter suction dredger for the works that are set to start shortly after the vessel is commissioned in 2019.

The cutter suction dredger will be electrically powered through an onshore 33kV powerline connection. The 100-m-long shallow water vessel will have a capacity of 1000 kW, allowing it to pump the dredged material over a distance of 7.5 km. The dredger will be transferred to the client at the end of the contract.

The contract has annual revenues of €25 million and a total value of close to €275 million over the 11 years.