New Hires, Promotions and Awards for Ellicott Dredge Enterprises


Ellicott Dredge Enterprises announces that Fulco Vrooland has joined the company as Managing Director of their ROHR-IDRECO Dredge Systems European division. In this capacity he will be working to expand the company’s business within Europe as well as internationally.

Fulco Vrooland, Managing Director of RI European division


Fulco brings an impressive background in the maritime sector. He has worked as Chief Commercial Officer of a Japanese manufacturer of specialized marine cargo handling equipment and as Deputy Head of Ship Sales for a Japanese shipyard. Fulco’s most recent employer was Royal IHC, where he served as the Commercial Director of the Dredging Division and was a member of its Executive Committee.

Fulco will be working out of ROHR-IDRECO’s European offices. He may be reached at [email protected].


Ellicott also announces that Ryan Horton has been promoted from Vice President of Sales for IMS Dredges to a new position as Vice President, Auger Dredges for its Ellicott Dredge Technologies group, based in North America. This newly created position will combine the sales and marketing of all of Ellicott’s auger product lines including: IMS Versi-Dredge, with its patented Starwheel self-propulsion systems; Mud Cat™, the original auger dredge; and LWT – Liquid Waste Technology, which designs and makes customized wastewater treatment dredging solutions.


Ryan Horton, Vice President, Auger Dredges


Ryan started with IMS in 1999, first working on the shop floor. He has a degree in marketing from the University of Kansas. Ryan also has several dredge technology patents in his name and is credited with conceptualizing the Depth Master product line and other innovations.

Ryan commented: “My team and I are excited to usher in a new era of innovation by combining the engineering and global sales resources from our world class auger dredge brands.”


Finally, Ellicott advises with pleasure that CEO Magazine selected its Corporate Secretary, Myrna LaBarre, for its Executive Management Award, recognizing her leadership and accomplishments. An independent committee of business leaders selected Myrna for this award based on criteria of finding those who uphold the highest ethics, lead collaboratively and creatively, and enhance and support the organization’s mission.


Myrna LaBarre accepting her Executive Management Award


Myrna was honored at a gala reception on March 24th. CEO Magazine noted that after more than 50 years with Ellicott, LaBarre still has what it takes to help newer management members understand how Ellicott works, and how it has stayed in business for over 130 years. Her recipe for success? “To be honest, be helpful, accept your mistakes and improve upon them.”

Ellicott’s CEO Peter Bowe noted that all three individuals reflect well on Ellicott and its ability to retain and attract talented people.

Southwind Dredging Little River

DNREC’s Divisions of Watershed Stewardship and Fish & Wildlife have announced plans for a cooperative dredging project on the Little River near Dover, from the Route 9/Bayside Drive bridge in Little Creek east into the Delaware Bay.

Dredging is scheduled to begin in the second week of this month. Southwind Construction of Evansville, Ind., was awarded the contract for the project and will be using their 14″ Ellicott 970 dredge.

The channel is approximately 12,400 feet long and will be dredged to widths of 40 feet in the river portion and 60 feet in the Delaware Bay portion, and to a depth of 5 feet at average low tide. The Little River was last dredged by the state in 1981-1982.

A secondary benefit of the project is the beneficial use of dredged material to restore and enhance waterbird habitat within the nearby Division of Fish & Wildlife Little Creek Wildlife Area impoundment’s Refuge cell, one of several cells comprising the impoundment divided by dikes to allow for separate management.

Beneficial use material will increase bottom elevations within the impoundment cell to a level that promotes waterfowl and shorebird diverse habitat and food resources, offsetting sinking marsh elevations that have resulted in excessive open water habitat.

The $1.01 million state-funded project includes dredging 79,000 cubic yards of material from the channel, and the removal of 30 derelict pilings and a derelict vessel from the waterway near Little Creek.

A pipeline will be placed along an existing road in the Little Creek Wildlife Area to pump dredge material from the river channel into the Refuge impoundment cell.

The project is not expected to interfere with hunting in the area. Project completion is anticipated by October 1, before peak waterfowl season.

Two Ellicott Dredges Working on Port Expansion Project in Latin America

Two Ellicott cutter suction dredges are currently being used in the expansion of a major port in Latin America. This is part of a project to increase the port’s container handling capacity and accommodate Post-Panamax vessels. The first Ellicott dredge, a Series 370 with a 12″ x 10″ (300 x 250 mm) pump and 440 HP (328 kW) of total installed power, has been working at this port for over six months. This 370 dredge was recently joined by a Series 670 dredge, with 14″x14″ (350 x 350 mm) pump and 800 HP (597 kW) of total power. Ellicott was recently able to capture aerial footage of the 670 Dragon dredge at the project site. Both dredges are currently at work deepening the berthing area for the new terminal.

The 370 and 670 are portable dredges, yet they are also rugged and reliable – ideal for all types of dredging applications including port dredging. They are the most powerful dredges in this size range.

Traditionally, port expansion projects such as this one are handled utilizing larger trailing suction hopper dredgers (TSHD) or other self-propelled dredging vessels. In certain cases, smaller, portable cutter suction dredges are a better solution due to their portability, availability, high production and relatively low cost. These advantages of a portable cutter suction dredge also apply to port maintenance dredging, especially when dredging has to be performed on a regular basis.

View additional drone footage of an Ellicott 1870 Dragon dredge being launched for another project in South America.

Dos Dragas Ellicott Trabajando en Expansión de Puerto en Centroamérica

Dos dragas Ellicott de tipo corte y succión se encuentran en este momento realizando trabajos en uno de los principales puertos del Pacifico Centroamericano. Los trabajos son parte de un proyecto de expansión con el objetivo de incrementar la capacidad del puerto y poder recibir embarcaciones tipo Post-Panamax. La primera draga, una Ellicott modelo 370 con bomba de 12″x10″ (300 x 250 mm) y potencia total de 440 HP (328 kW) ha estado trabajando en este puerto desde hace unos seis meses. A esta draga se le ha unido recientemente una Ellicott modelo 670 con bomba de 14″x14″ (350 x 350 mm) y potencia total de 800 HP (597 kW). Ellicott capturó en video vistas aéreas de la draga 670 Dragon en acción en el lugar de operaciones. Ambas dragas se encuentran en este momento trabajando en la profundización de la zona de muelles del nuevo terminal.

Las dragas Ellicott 370 y 670 son dragas portátiles, pero también son muy robustas y confiables, ideales para todo tipo de aplicaciones de dragado incluyendo puertos.  Estas dragas son las mas potentes de su rango.

Normalmente, en proyectos de expansión de puertos como este se utiliza dragas de tolva tipo “hopper” u otro tipo de embarcaciones de dragado auto-propulsadas.  En ciertos casos, dragas de corte y succión de  menor tamaño y portátiles son una mejor solución.  Esto es debido a que son fáciles de movilizar, se encuentran normalmente disponibles y además tienen un nivel de producción alto a un costo relativamente bajo.  Estas ventajas son aún más evidentes para proyectos de dragado de mantenimiento, especialmente si el dragado debe realizarse periódicamente.

Para mayor información, por favor contactar a Andrés Borasino, Gerente de Ventas Internacionales de Ellicott.

Email: [email protected]
Tel: (410) 878 7166

Dragas Ellicott Trabajando en Restauración de Áreas Naturales

DELAWARE, USA – Dos dragas Ellicott modelo 460SL se encuentran en este momento realizando trabajos de restauración de pantanos costeros en la zona denominada Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge en el estado de Delaware. Este es uno de los proyectos de restauración de pantanos más grandes que se hayan realizado en la zona este de los Estados Unidos.  El proyecto consiste en la restauración de un ecosistema pantanoso costero de unos 16 kilómetros cuadrados.  La restauración de los pantanos permitirá a los mismos soportar de mejor manera huracanes y tormentas.  Además, se creará un mejor hábitat para aves migratorias y otras especies de animales.

Una de las dos dragas Ellicott 460SL en operación

Las empresas AMEC y su subcontratista Dredge America han venido realizando una excelente labor desde que el proyecto de restauración se inició en junio.  Cada draga opera 10 horas al día, 6 días a la semana.  Sam Robinson, Ingeniero de Proyectos de Dredge America, comenta: “Estamos satisfechos con las dragas y apreciamos el apoyo de Ellicott no solo en este, sino en todos nuestros proyectos en los Estados Unidos.”

A la fecha se han dragado más de 2.4 km, recuperando canales que conectan el pantano con el mar.  El plan es dragar un total de 48.3 km para mediados del próximo año.

dredge-americaJason Collene de Dredge America y una de las dragas Ellicott 460SL

La primera fase consiste en mejorar la circulación de agua entre los pantanos y el mar.  Se bombeará arena hacia la costa para crear zonas adicionales de pantano que actúen como barreras y para administrar mejor el flujo marino.  El objetivo también es reducir y controlar el crecimiento de vegetación invasiva, la cual a través de los años se ha venido expandiendo y reduciendo las zonas pantanosas. Una vez que se reestablezca el flujo natural, la vegetación original del pantano volverá a crecer.  La vegetación original no solo brinda una mayor resistencia con lo que se minimiza la erosión causada por tormentas y huracanes, sino que también crea un hábitat ideal para aves y otros animales silvestres.

prime-hook-wildlife-refugeVista aérea del Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Puede ver las dragas en operación en el canal de YouTube de Ellicott. El Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge mantiene también una página en Facebook!

Especificaciones – Draga 460SL Swinging Dragon
Diámetro de Descarga: 10″ (245 mm)
Max. Profundidad de Dragado: 20′ (6.1 m)
Potencia Total: 440 HP (330 kW)
Potencia de Bombeo: 320 HP (240 kW)
Potencia de Corte: 40 HP (30 kW)

Para mayor información, por favor contactar a Andrés Borasino, Gerente de Ventas Internacionales de Ellicott.
Email: [email protected]
Tel: (410) 878 7166