Callan Marine Orders New Dredge General Bradley
Galveston, Texas-based dredging contractor Callan Marine announced Thursday it has ordered a new 28-inch cutter suction dredger that's due to join its fleet in 2021.
The new dredge, General Bradley, is currently being built by Hagler Systems at the Halimar Shipyard in Morgan City, La. It will be 341 feet long with a 6.6-foot draft.
Main dredge design and engineering work was performed by APT Offshore BV, who is also supplying key dredge components. The diesel-electric driven General Bradley will be equipped with three ABC 12DZC engines that supply 9,260 horsepower combined. It will also feature advanced production automation and monitoring systems.
Callan said it intends to deploy the General Bradley from early 2021, primarily for brown water division projects. The dredge will be suited for both maintenance and capital dredging projects.
“The General Bradley is a demonstration of our commitment to capital improvement projects along the Gulf Coast region,” Maxie McGuire, President of Callan Marine, said in a statement. “The Bradley will transcend our ‘middle market’ offering and truly be a difference-maker in large river and ship channel dredging.”
McGuire told MarineLink in a recent interview that the expansion of Callan’s fleet is a direct response to increased opportunities and the direction of the dredging market.
“The market is extremely busy and we are fortunate to have clients that are willing to make these investments to grow infrastructure,” he said. “Callan Marine has a very healthy backlog at this time, and we feel there will be a great dredging market for years to come.”
The General Bradley will be Callan’s fifth dredge, following the arrival of the powerful 32-inch General MacArthur, which entered service earlier this year. Other dredges in the company’s fleet include the 18-inch General Pershing, 16-inch General Patton and 12-inch General Eisenhower.
“These two new Callan Marine dredges add significant capacity to the rapidly growing U.S.-flag fleet,” said Mark Sickles, Interim CEO and Executive Director of the industry group Dredging Contractors of America (DCA). “Investment decisions of this magnitude are not made overnight, but are well considered decisions to compete in the growing navigation, shore protection and coastal restoration markets with state-of-the-art, modern U.S. vessels—vessels built in U.S. shipyards, owned by, and crewed by U.S. citizens.”
“As we passed along to customers over the years, investor confidence in the market would grow with sustainable and predictable investment in our nation’s infrastructure,” said Ancil Taylor, Executive Vice President, Callan Marine. “These customers have delivered sustainable resources, and industry is building to meet the anticipated market demand.”
Sickles said the U.S. dredging industry as a whole is in the middle of a "building boom" that has added seven major cutter suction dredges to the market since 2012, now with two additional dredges known to be on the way. In addition, two large hopper dredges joined the U.S.-flag fleet in 2018, and there are two more currently on order and slated for delivery by 2023.
DCA expects additional orders for both cutter suction and hopper dredges are forthcoming.