Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting Co., Quincy, Mass., announced the execution of a design contract with IHC America Inc. for a new 6,500 cubic yard trailing suction hopper dredge. The new vessel will complement Cashman Dredging’s current fleet of specialized dredging equipment and will primarily service the coastal protection and navigation maintenance markets when it enters service in 2024. (No other specifications, equipment or equipment manufacturers were announced.)

“Innovation has always been a driving force at Cashman,” Jay Cashman, founder, and chairman of the board, said in a statement announcing the contract. “It’s the key to the company’s continued success in creating the next generation of modern infrastructure, in revitalizing the nation’s ports and waterways, in preserving the environment, and in providing alternative sources of clean energy. This capital investment design announcement…not only reflects Cashman’s unwavering commitment to this core principle but also demonstrates our dedication to supporting the nation’s infrastructure needs in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and to protecting U.S. economic and national security.”

Based in Houston, IHC America’s sales director Rafael Habib stated, "We are very grateful to have been selected by Cashman to design and engineer its new 6,500 cubic yard hopper dredge. We are thankful to Cashman for showing trust and confidence in our team. This IHC dredge design will not only be one of the most technologically advanced dredges in the country with the latest safety features, but it will also allow Cashman to easily maneuver in shallow-draft areas, providing the company with greater dredge project versatility. We look forward to working closely with the Cashman team in the weeks and months ahead."