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MARITIME: A New Force In Deep Sea Mining


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IT is on the back of the experience and strong track record within the underwater diamond mining industry off the west coast of Southern Africa by Marine and Mineral Projects since 1993 that the shareholders of IHC Merwede joined forces with selected staff from this designer and manufacturer of underwater mining systems including crawlers, to form IHC Marine and Mineral Projects in April this year in Cape Town.

Through the co-operation of IHC Merwede’s business units, Deep Sea Dredging and Mining (DSDM) with Marine and Mineral Projects, this partnership is able to provide innovative engineering and leading technology for underwater mining solutions.

This combined proven experience and project management capability in underwater mining distinguish IHC Marine and Mineral Projects and DSDM from other mining consultants, the new company claims.

More recently, as the world’s land based mining resources are steadily depleted and mining houses have moved their focus to underwater resources, IHC Merwede is in demand to develop both shallow and deep water sampling and mining systems.

The deep sea mining industry is expanding and as such, the number of enquiries for deep sea dredging and mining solutions is increasing accordingly. Numerous studies for systems to explore, develop and mine minerals, such as diamonds, gold, gas, hydrates and other heavy minerals, from the depths of the oceans are already in progress.

IHC Marine and Mineral Projects is based in Cape Town, but operates internationally, supplying equipment to a range of mining and oil & gas projects in the UK, Europe, Russia, Brazil and Australasia. IHC Marine and Mineral Projects provide the underwater mining, oil and gas industries with:

· Consulting

· Project management

· Design

· Engineering

· Procurement

· Production management

· Project integration management

· Commissioning, training and life cycle support.

Areas of expertise also include general marine, coastal, mining and marine infrastructure.

The focus of the business lies in partnering with clients to meet their project requirements. IHC Marine and Mineral Projects has extensive experience in all project phases, including conceptual design, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, implementation including system definition, build, commissioning and handover.

The client’s business requirements are fulfilled by delivering a variety of Consulting, Project Management and Engineering Design Services on either an EPCM, Turnkey or rates basis.

After sales and repair services are also provided and IHC Marine and Mineral Projects pride themselves on a rapid response time.


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