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Ellicott Dredges Federal Expansion Grant

Pictured (right to left)  Ellicotts Director of Manufacturing Robert Thomas with Plant Manager Alexander Green in front of 670 dredge currently under manufacture. (Photo courtesy Ellicott Dredges)

The U.S. Department of Transportation (Maritime Administration) has announced that Ellicott Dredges, LLC of Baltimore, Md. has won a grant for $1.75m to help finance capacity expansion for manufacturing dredgers.  Ellicott's project, entitled "Efficient Dredge Building," will create and retain over 20 jobs and will increase Ellicott's crane capacity and modernize its machining capabilities. It will also help pay for modern welding equipment and state-of-the-art IT systems for manufacturing and engineering. Ellicott is among 70 successful award winners out of almost 500 applicants under a MARAD program to promote productivity at leading U.S. shipyards.   Ellicott, the largest U.S. dredge builder, was the only dredge supplier to receive a MARAD award. The modernization of Ellicott's Baltimore plant will complement its brand new dredge building facility in Wisconsin.  Director of Manufacturing Robb Thomas  added that Ellicott will now use its new 3-D design software (Solidworks) via direct interface between design engineers and factory floor, and between plant locations as well, to minimize dredge construction time.

SEMCO Building Three Dredges

SEMCO, Inc., located approximately 15 miles south of New Orleans, is currently building three 28 in. Super Dragon cutter/suction dredges for Ellicott Machine Corp. International. The Ellicott dredges will feature a 28-in. cutter with 1,006 hp, a 3,100 hp hull pump and a 955 hp ladder pump. The dredges are designed to produce 1,060 cu. yds. of coarse sand through a 6,561.6 ft. pipeline. They will have a spud carriage system, which was pioneered by Ellicott

Marine Innovations

DNV: Steel Thickness Measurement In extending its adherence to delivering cost-efficient and safety driven technologies, DNV has introduced a new means of quickly and accurately determining steel thickness can speed ship surveys. It is especially valuable in inspecting old and corroded steelwork. Present-day methods, based on ultrasonic thickness measurements, are said to have dubious reliability on heavily corroded plates, and for large vessels are also considered too slow


ACL Buys ConAgra Barge Fleet ConAgra Inc., the second largest U.S. food manufacturer, has agreed to sell American Commercial Lines LLC (ACL) its large U.S. inland barge fleet and operations. Financial terms of the deal, which ConAgra said was part of ongoing series of strategic divestments, were not announced. ACL will acquire 930 owned and chartered barges, nine chartered towboats and one dry dock, the companies said in a joint statement

Shallow Federal Policies Produce Even Shallower AIWW Drafts

Underway and pushing on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway

The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway awaits the chance to rescue the crowded eastern seaboard with a readymade alternative to the parking lot known simply as I-95. The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW) extends 1,200 miles from Norfolk, Va. to Key West, Fla.. That much is common knowledge. What you may not know is that the U.S. Congress authorized the creation of the AIWW in 1919 and the entire waterway was completed in 1940

New Cutter Suction Dredge: Modern and Efficient

Image: Ellicott Dredges

Ellicott Dredges, LLC has debuted a new design 20” (500 mm) cutter suction dredge, the Series 2070 Dragon dredge.    Aiming to take advantage of modern, up-to-date technology and advanced design techniques, the new dredger unit will eventually replace the Series 1870 Dragon as Ellicott’s standard and in-stock 20” dredge.   “This is a truly modern and efficient design without any sacrifice of the versatility

VOSTA LMG Signs with Indian Mazagon Dock

VOSTA LMG received a contract from Indian Partner Shipyard Mazagon Dock Limited for the supply of an engineering & components package for a 1500 kW cutter suction dredge (CSD). It is the first time ever that such a Giant CSD will be built at a shipyard in India. The order for this cutter suction dredge has been awarded to Mazagon Dock Limited by Dredging Corporation of India. The large-sized cutter suction dredge is especially designed for dredging rock with an unconfined compressive

Ocean Dredging Wins Mexican Contract

Photo: Ocean Dredging DSM Ocean inc.

Ocean Dredging DSM Ocean inc., an Ocean sister company, will carry out a harbor dredging contract with its Mexican partner Dragados del Golfo, in Paraiso, a town located in the state of Tabasco in Mexico. The dredging of the port of Dos Bocas is a unique opportunity for Ocean and a first in Mexico. The dredging of the port of Dos Bocas will extend over a period of more than 60 days and a dozen Ocean employees will be required to carry out the work

100 Years of Dredging Culebra Cut

Photo courtesy of ACP

The Panama Canal commemorates 100 years of dredging Culebra Cut, removing the last barrier during its construction for the free movement of vessels along the 80-kilometer waterway. Following the calendar of activities in the countdown to the centennial, the Panama Canal highlighted the significant role played by dredging to ensure the safe navigation through the waterway, even before its opening 100 years ago. "Dredging is key to ensure the safe and efficient navigation through the

GLDD to Widen Freeport Harbor Ship Channel

Freeport: File photo

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD) says it has been awarded a a dredging contract valued at over $30 million to widen the entrance and jetty channels of the Freeport Ship Channel near Freeport, Texas. Approximately 4.5 miles of channel will be widened by 200 feet, enabling larger ships to safely navigate the 600 feet-wide channel. A portion of the dredged material is planned to be beneficially used to nourish the coastline in Quintana, TX

MTG Highlights Dredging Solutions at Europort

Photo: MTG

MTG, a Spanish company specializing in the design and production of wear parts for earthmoving machinery, has introduced its latest solutions for the dredging market at the Europort exhibition in Rotterdam.   According to MTG, its main innovation is DMet

Video: Dredgers at Work in Latin America

Ellicott 670 Dragon dredge (Photo: Ellicot)

A major port in Latin America is in the midst of an expansion project to increase its container handling capacity and accommodate Post-Panamax vessels.   Commissioned for this project are two Ellicott cutter suction dredges, which are both currently at work deepening the berthing area for

Bandy Creek Boat Harbour Dredging Complete

Photo: BMT

BMT JFA Consultants (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, an international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, recently completed the project management and supervision of the 2015 Bandy Creek Boat Harbour Dredging works

Damen Ice class Dredger for Rosmorport

Launching ceremony Courtesy Damen

This month Damen Shipyards Group launched ice class Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers TSHD 2000 for Russian Port Agency FSUE “Rosmorport”.   Song Thu Corporation shipyard in Da Nang, Vietnam is building the Damen TSHD 2000 under Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)

Mobile Dredging Bags Shark River Contract

Image: Mobile Dredging & Pumping Co

 The New Jersey Department of Transportation has awarded a $7.6 million contract to dredge the Shark River in Monmouth County after the effects of Superstorm Sandy created a greater need to complete the long-delayed project. Mobile Dredging and Pumping Co. of Chester, Pa

Ulstein Systems Ordered for New Rock Installers

(Image: Ulstein)

Ulstein Power & Control announced it has been contracted by Chinese shipbuilder AVIC Weihai Shipyard Co. Ltd. to deliver power and control for two subsea rock installation vessels for offshore dredging and construction specialist Jan De Nul Group.  

IHC Services Secures Dredger Repair Contract

HUTA 14 self-propelled cutter suction dredger at work (Photo: Royal IHC)

IHC Services, a subsidiary of Dutch shipbuilder and repairer Royal IHC, informs it has secured an order for a renovation project for a dredging vessel owned by Huta Marine Works Ltd in Saudi Arabia.   The contract calls for work on the HUTA 14 self-propelled cutter suction dredger (SPCSD)

Dredging in Gulf of Finland in Controversy

Image: Port of Bronka

 The massive dredging project, which is under-way on the bottom of the Gulf of Finland in Russia, reportedly a threat to the environment.   But federal environmental protection agency of Russia, Rosprirodnadzor, has affirmed that it does not have a trans-boundary impact on water quality

Dredges Work to Restore National Wildlife Refuge

One of the two Ellicott 460SL dredges in operation (Photo: Ellicot Dredges)

Dredges are currently being used in a large tidal marsh restoration project at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware, one of the largest ever marsh restoration projects in the eastern U.S.   Using two Two Ellicott 460SL dredges

Kooiman to Build Workboat for HvSDS

Image: Kooiman

Shipyard Kooiman BV in Zwijndrecht has been contracted to supply a new multipurpose DP2  support vessel to customer HvS Dredging Support BV in Harlingen, the shipbuilder announced.   According to Kooiman, close cooperation with HvSDS has led to “a number of important creative

US DoD: Navy Patroling in S.China Sea

The U.S. Navy sent a warship on Tuesday within 12 nautical miles of two artificial islands built by China in the South China Sea, a U.S. defence official told Reuters, in a challenge to China's territorial claims in the area. The official said the patrol was carried out by the destroyer USS

Royal IHC Names Dredger Mahury

 Shoalbuster 3009 naming ceremony (2)

Shipbuilder Royal IHC has named the Mahury, a 1,840m3 capacity twin-screw trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) on October 29, 2015 at its partner MTG Dolphin’s shipyard in Varna, Bulgaria. The new TSHD is Baggerbedrijf de Boer – Dutch Dredging’s fourth IHC-built vessel

Damen Shell Dredger Delivered to Dutch Cooperative

Noordland YE 118 LR

  The Dutch fishing cooperative YE 118 Noordland BV has taken delivery of its new shellfish dredger from Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam. While the vessel shares the same hull design as other fishing vessels built previously at the yard

BMT – DoT Partnership Extended

BMT JFA Consultants has completed number of projects  courtesy BMT JFA

  BMT JFA Consultants, together with sister company BMT Oceanica, subsidiaries of BMT Group (BMT), have announced that the Western Australian Department of Transport (DoT) has taken up the Contract option to extend its current contract for a further two years.  

Royal IHC sells TSHD Easydredge

Royal IHC sells TSHD Easydredge

  Royal IHC announced the sale of an Easydredge 3700, the largest vessel in the Easydredge series of standard twin-screw trailing suction hopper dredgers (TSHD), which are designed and built by IHC. This innovative and flexible Easydredge concept can be tailor-made to suit requirements

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