Ellicott Advances Dredging Tech

Friday, October 12, 2001
Ellicott International recently unveiled details on a new type of dredge that actually walks by itself. The dredge moves on three moving spuds or traveling carriages enabling it to remain in exact position at all times because there are always two spuds firmly anchored in the bottom. It walks with the spuds while floating on the surface. This positioning allows the cutter to move forward into the next cut without losing position. This same technology also enables the dredge to move backwards to pick up contaminated material which dredging may have missed yet still remains in the same exact position to continue the forward dredging. The new swinging ladder dredge with three traveling spud carriages using no cables.

The new dredge lends itself to precise dredging and positioning especially in rivers where there are currents. Where standard dredges are at risk of losing their positioning due to currents, this one is not. There are also no cables to operate the dredge and so no cables to engage contaminated sediments causing undesirable turbidity. Even the stern spud has a power down feature that enables a firm grip into the bottom. Ellicott equips the dredge with a special underwater relief valve that prevents line plugging and allows for an exact amount of contaminated material to be pumped consistently, irrespective of the bottom sediment condition. In many cases, especially in river environments, contaminants are present not only in the sediments but also through migration in the sandy or clay original bottoms. The dredge's cutter has sufficient power to remove these contaminates in thin layers. The unit can remove sediments to a depth of 22 ft. (7 m) below the water surface. The unit has controls that tell the dredge operator exactly which layers the cutter is in. The cutter can dredge to tolerances of plus or minus one inch (25 mm) which is critical, especially for contaminated sediments. The operator controls keep re-suspension of the sediment back into the water column to an absolute minimum. All dredge functions are linked to global positioning systems.

This new environmental swinging ladder dredge is the first major improvement in this type of technology in many years, and Ellicott sees uses in lakes, and narrow canals such as the thousands of miles of canals in Florida which will need dredging. Ellicott has one unit now operating in a mid-west USA location.

Both functions of the ladder - swinging and raising/lowering - are controlled by hydraulic rams. Because the ram which raises and lowers the ladder can apply a downward force on the cutter, it ensures that the cutter is in full contact with the contaminated sediment at all times and not bouncing over, which would cause undesirable turbidity.

The dredge is available in discharge flows of 1,500 to 6,000 gal/min. (5,700 to 22,700 l/min.). It is very compatible with contaminated sediment treatment systems because of the accurate percentage of slurry in the pipeline system on a consistent basis. The dredge is so mobile that it can make right and left turns, back up, and even parallel park itself much like parking a car.

Maritime Reporter March 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Russia May Allow More Firms to Offshore Oil

Russia may allow more oil companies to access its offshore projects, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday.   "In general, the access can be extended," Novak told reporters in Moscow.

Garamendi Introduces Bipartisan GPS Backup Bill

Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), the Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation,

Soo Locks Open for Great Lakes Shipping Season

At 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially opened the Soo Locks for the start of the 2015 Great Lakes shipping season.   The locks at Sault Ste.

Ship Repair & Conversion

3D Machining Puts Wind in the Sails

With ESPRIT CAM software, Armor Mécanique has the wind in its sails; 50% time savings, better quality and new markets thanks to 3D machining Established in 1984

Swedish Club Reports 'Healthy Growth'

The Swedish Club reported a solid operating result to its board today, continuing a record of building on steady growth. 2014 was seen as a stable year, where the

CSIC, CSSC Dismiss Shipbuilder Merger Rumors

China's state-backed shipbuilding giants said they have not received any merger-related information from authorities, after an executive swap between the firms sparked a market rally in their shares.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1441 sec (7 req/sec)