Starting shot for the construction of the Ibn Battuta

Sunday, 14 December 2008, the keel laying of the cutter suction dredger Ibn Battuta took place at the Uljanik Brodogradiliste d.d. Shipyard in Pula (Croatia). The Ibn Battuta is the first of 4 large self-propelled cutter suction dredgers with a total installed diesel power of 23,250 kW ordered at the Pula shipyard.

The keel laying is an important step in a ship’s construction. As from now, the construction on the slipway of this cutter suction dredger can proceed.

Launching of the Ibn Battuta is foreseen early 2009, delivery in the second half of 2009.

The other 3 identical cutter suction dredgers ordered at the Uljanik shipyard are the Zheng He, the Fernão de Magalhães and the JDN8067. They will be constructed in 2009-2010.