GLDD, ESG in Steel Cutting Ceremony

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

September 29, 2014

Eastern Shipbuilding is pleased to announce that on, Monday, September 15, 2014, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC “(Great Lakes”) (NASDAQ: GLDD) and Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) cut steel starting the construction of a new Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge ATB . 


The cutting ceremony of the 433’ Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge Barge took place in Eastern’s under roof pre-fabrication building at its Allanton facility in Panama City, Florida.  This indoor facility supports both of Eastern’s new construction facilities with state of the art equipment and a highly skilled workforce.

  • Wheeloperator Automatic Shot-blasting and Painting Machine for steel plate and shapes.
  • Meser MG CNC (NC) plasma cutting and burning machine with four (4) 10’x40’ dry cutting tables.
  • Ogden Automated Welding Steel Panel Line is housed in a 560’ (170.68m) long x 127’ (38.71m) wide x 50’ (15.25m) high building.    

Brian D’Isernia, President of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, stated, “Great Lakes earlier this year became our newest client. This day represents the start of construction for the Dredge Barge ATB  and is- another step in continuing our strong commitment to not only this project and but also our long history of being a successful, diversified shipbuilder in the marine industry. Eastern will continue to grow its facilities along with its strong workforce of men and women who are always eager for the next new construction, conversion or repair challenge.”

 Attending the ceremony from Great Lakes:

  •    David Simonelli:    President Dredging Operations
  •    Steven Becker:    Senior Vice President Chief Mechanical Engineer
  •    Jeffery Distefano:    Shipyard Contracts Manager    
  •    Ray Statton:        Program Manager
  •    Jimmy Carruthers:    Dredge Barge Project Manager
  •    Christian Colletti:    Tug Project Manager

Named the “Ellis Island” (ESG Hull 253), the detailed engineering is being performed by Bay Engineering, Inc., which is based upon an Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering, Inc. ATB design.

This Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge, Articulated Tug and Barge (ATB), will be delivered in 2016.

Ellis Island ATB Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge Barge:

Dimensions (Overall): 433’x 92’x 36’
Hopper Capacity: 15,000 CYS
Dredge System Power: (2) EMD ME20G7C-T3, 5,000HP each
Bow Thrusters: (2) Schottel STT2 Electric, Fixed Pitch Tunnel Units 800HP each
Harbor Service Genset: (1) Caterpillar C32-T3 910kW @ 1800RPM
Classification: ABS A1, AMS, Unmanned Cargo Barge and certified under SOLAS/IMO/MARPOL.
Flag & Regulatory: USA, USCG, 33/46CFR NVIC Publications,Certificated “I” Unmanned.

Douglas B Mackie ATB Tug:

    Dimensions (Overall):        158’-4”x 52’x 32’-9’
    Horsepower:                15,662 BHP
    ATB Coupler System:        (2) Taisei Coupler Systems
    Main Engines:            (2) Mak 12M32C-T3, 7,831HP each
    Main Generators:            (2) 2,500kW, 6600VAC Shaft Generators
    Auxiliary Generator:            (1) Caterpillar C32-T3 730kW @ 1800RPM
    Emergency Generator:        (1) Caterpillar C18-T3 550kW @ 1800RPM
    Classification:            ABS A1, AMS, ACCU, Oceans                                 Towing Vessel Unlimited Service  additional notations ILO, and certified under SOLAS/IMO/MARPOL.
    Flag & Regulatory:            USA, USCG Dual-Mode ITB, 33/46CFR
    Subchapters, E, F, G, I, J, M, Q and S

The Great Lakes ATB hopper dredge will be a key tool in performing the restoration of the eroded land mass in the Gulf Coast States. Additionally, the vessel’s ability to cost-effectively deepen and maintain navigable waterways will bolster the United States’ competitive position in world trade, as the nation’s ports move forward with deepening plans to accommodate the larger vessels, which will sail through the expanded Panama Canal.

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