US' Largest Hopper Dredger Delivered
The Jones Act dual mode articulated tug/barge (ATB) trailing suction hopper dredge was built by Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. According to Eastern CEO, Brian D’Isernia, the delivery is “the largest hopper dredge built in the United State to date.”
Lasse Petterson, Great Lakes' Chief Executive Officer, commented, “This addition to our fleet represents a great milestone in Great Lakes’ history. The Ellis Island is capable of meeting the current and future U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’, State and U.S. Ports’ deepening, coastal protection, coastal restoration and maintenance dredging infrastructure demands. The Ellis Island’s haul capacity and dredging systems will yield more efficient and faster project execution."
Great Lakes will next perform USCG emergency crew drills and expects to receive the Certificates of Inspection thereafter, after which the Ellis Island and tug Douglas B. Mackie will depart Panama City, Fla. for the Mississippi Coastal Improvement Program project and commence operations on a long haul coastal restoration project.