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Dragas Ellicott en Latinoamérica – Décadas de Calidad y Durabilidad

Las dragas Ellicott son conocidas por ser las más robustas y durables del mercado. Los dragadores más experimentados las prefieren porque saben que pueden contar con ellas para trabajar en las condiciones más difíciles y por muchos años.

En Latinoamérica Ellicott tiene una fuerte presencia desde hace más de 100 años. Un número importante de nuestras dragas viene operando desde hace varias décadas, realizando trabajos críticos de dragado.

Draga Ellicott – ANNP (Paraguay)

En Paraguay, una draga Ellicott modelo 1680, con bomba de 20” fue adquirida por la Administración Nacional de Navegación y Puertos de Paraguay (ANNP) en 1993 para realizar mantenimiento de puertos en el rio Paraguay. Este rio es la principal arteria comercial del país. 24 años después, la draga Ellicott sigue siendo parte vital de la flota de la ANNP, realizando hoy en día trabajos de dragado de mantenimiento portuario.

En Brasil, una draga Ellicott de 14” fabricada en 1968 continúa actualmente, casi 50 años después, realizando de manera confiable trabajos críticos de manejo de relaves mineros para la empresa minera Vale.

Draga Ellicott – Cormagdalena (Colombia)

En Colombia, la entidad gubernamental CORMAGDALENA, la cual tiene como misión la administración del rio Magdalena, posee una draga Ellicott modelo 1170 de 16”. Esta draga viene utilizándose desde el 2009, en muchos casos como herramienta única para garantizar la navegabilidad comercial en ciertos puntos críticos del rio. El rio Magdalena es considerado la vía más importante para el transporte de materias primas desde el centro del país hacia la costa colombiana.

Draga Ellicott – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1927

Ellicott tiene una red de representantes autorizados en todo Latinoamérica. Ya sea directamente o a través de ellos, estamos listos para apoyarlo en cualquier proyecto de dragado.

Ellicott Swinging Dragon Busy in Indiana

Superior Dredging of Illinois has announced that their Fall 2017 dredge projects on Jimmerson Lake, Indiana, are underway.

The work, conducted by their brand new Ellicott Swinging Dragon Dredge Jenny-Kay, started at Site 1 by the dam on West Bachelor Road last week. It will continue its work on the channel towards the east. This area is expected to take 3 weeks to complete.

From there, work will move down to the south end of the lake for three separate projects. Next up, will be the nearly silted in channel along Lane 101D referred to as Site 8. From there, the Site 7 channel fronting the Jimmerson Bluffs area along Lane 205AA will be restored.

The final project will be restoring the area in front of the Hilltop Park subdivision.

With over 25,000 cubic yards of sediment to be removed at the 4 different locations on the lake. Work is expected to last six to seven weeks and will continue every day until complete.

The Site 1 & 7 projects were made possible through a majority funding via the Indiana DNR and their Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program, along with a 20% contribution from the Jimmerson Lake Association.

The Site 8 and Hilltop Park projects, are being privately funded by their respective group of homeowners.

 

Source: DredgingToday

Barnstable County Wants You to Name Their New Dredge

The Barnstable County Dredge Program has launched a campaign giving the public the opportunity to pick the name of their newest dredge.

Photo: barnstablecounty.org

The Ellicott vessel is currently under construction in Baltimore, Maryland and is expected to make its way to the cape sometime next month.

Interim Assistant County Administrator Stephen Tebo explained the decision.

“We figured we would bring it back to the residents of Barnstable County to have a fun campaign to see if we can name, and rather than just have us pick a name for it we figured it would be good bring some awareness of what the dredge actually does for the county, and the towns within the county.”

The county already operates a 20-year-old Ellicott dredge, dubbed “Cod Fish” which has served the double-purpose. First, the service aids Cape towns in dredging projects at approximately 70 percent below market rate, allowing mariners to more easily navigate channels by widening waterways.

Secondly, the county dredging program also uses all of the dredged material for various beach replenishment projects across the county, saving towns money on what can be a very expensive prospect.

The new, yet unnamed, vessel is larger and more powerful than the “Cod Fish” and as a result is expected to allow a much more responsive dredge schedule, in order to better meet the needs of the community.

The dredge naming campaign will occur in two phases: During the first phase, the public can submit a name from now until August 21st at barnstablecounty.org.

Tebo is urging the public to be creative, just not too creative.

“Try to keep it on a Cape theme also, there was a story a few years back where they actually named a boat ‘McShippy’ because that was one of the big, you know ‘McDreamy’ and those type of things were out there, so we want to keep some guidelines on what it would actually end up being named.”

A select committee at Barnstable County will then narrow submissions down to the top ten, and during the second phase, the public will be able to vote on those top ten names from August 23nd to August 31st.

The winner will be announced on the Barnstable County website on September 1st.

“Operating in one of the world’s most sensitive ecological environments – we’re looking for a name that equally exemplifies the work Barnstable County Dredge does to maintain the health of our region and a name that is specifically related to Cape Cod,” said Leo Cakounes, Chairman of the Barnstable County Commissioners, “This campaign will give everyone on Cape Cod the opportunity to feel part of this important project that will have a critical and positive impact on our environment.”

Source: DredgeWire

State of Ohio Dredge Fleet Sets Performance Record

OHIO, USA – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) recently finished the 2016 dredging season, having removed more than 1 million cubic yards (apprx. 765,000 m3) of dredged material from state park lakes and other state properties. The State’s dredge fleet consists primarily of Ellicott Model 460SL swinging ladder dredges.

The 1 million cubic yards of sediment is the most that has ever been removed in the history of the state’s dredging program.

Ellicott 460SL dredge, “BRUTUS”

ODNR Director, James Zehringer, attributes ODNR’s dredging success to the dedicated staff and the strategic use of available resources, which serves to improve boater access and water quality.

“ODNR remains committed to improving access to Ohio’s lakes and understands the vital role healthy waters play in all of Ohio’s communities,” Zehringer said. “Our comprehensive approach to dredging utilizes personnel and equipment in a manner that helps create safer waterways for boaters while working to provide cleaner lakes for Ohioans.”

Ellicott 460SL Swinging Ladder Dredge, “CHIEF”, with 1965 Ellicott dredge, “INDIAN”, in the background

In 2016, ODNR and private groups worked together to excavate and remove sediment from navigable waterways, including Buckeye Lake, Grand Lake St. Marys and Indian Lake. This practice increases navigability and water quality by removing phosphorus-rich sediment and increasing water depth.

ODNR dredgers removed enough material from Ohio’s lakes this year to fill 67,431 dump trucks, and if those dump trucks were lined up bumper to bumper, they would stretch 319 miles.

“CONFLUENCE”, another 460SL dredge

Buckeye Lake had a record year of dredging with 293,228 cubic yards being removed, which beat the 2015 record of 139,000 cubic yards. Grand Lake St. Marys also experienced a record-breaking year for removing dredged material by taking out 405,523 cubic yards of sediment, exceeding the 2015 record of 364,590 cubic yards.

Indian Lake removed 100,054 cubic yards of dredged material, also beating the 2015 record of 90,405 cubic yards. The area will likely see another increase next year, as Indian Lake will add another dredge during the 2017 season, ODNR said.

Other dredging sites included East Harbor, Findley, Lake Loramie and Rocky Fork state parks.

The next dredging season will begin in April 2017.

Source: ODNR

Ellicott Hosts Baltimore City Middle School Student Progam

On July 14, Ellicott hosted a field trip for Baltimore City middle school students in conjunction with Morgan State University’s summer program, which introduces young students to computer aided design (CAD).

Baltimore City middle school students at Ellicott’s manufacturing facility.

Associate Professor J. Kemi Ladeji-Osias, Ph.D., Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and her colleague LaDawn Partlow, visited Ellicott along with student mentors as part of the Verizon Innovative Learning Program for Minority Males.

Paul Quinn, VP Sales, introduced the students to dredges, explaining what they do and how they operate. The presentation and brief video enabled the students to later identify parts of the dredge, such as the cutter, as they toured the manufacturing yard.

After a group photo (in front of an Ellicott 670 dredge prepped for shipment), the students broke into small groups and rotated through six stations: Manufacturing Yard, Main Shop, Office Tour – Historical, Dredge Simulator, Solidworks 3D-Drafting Techniques, and FEMAP/Structural Analysis.

The tour and demos were instrumental in engaging the students to see the correlation between 3D modeling and fabrication. Dr. Ladeji-Osias noted the field trip gave the students an opportunity to learn more about potential careers in engineering and drafting.

Ellicott Wins Three Government Contracts in the U.S.

USA – Ellicott Dredges is pleased to announce that they were recently awarded three significant contracts with the U.S. government.

The first contract is for a customized Ellicott 860SL Swinging Dragon® dredge and support boat

Ellicott 860SL Swinging Ladder Dredge

Ellicott 860SL Swinging Ladder Dredge

for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR). This dredge will be used to increase depth and restore water flow in the Colorado River, and to create wetland habitats. One of the primary objectives of this program is multi-species conservation, including birds, fish, turtles, insects, and plants.

Ellicott has already supplied multiple dredges to the USBR for the Colorado River management project.

860SL Swinging Dragon Specs

Barnstable County

Ellicott designed a new dredge – the 14” Bay Dragon – for Barnstable County, Massachusetts.

Ellicott’s new Bay Dragon Series

Ellicott’s new Bay Dragon Series

The Bay Dragon® series is a modernized line of Ellicott’s 10-20” portable cutter suction dredges.

This dredge will be used to maintain small harbors and inlets with beneficial reuse of the sand for beach restoration. It is a step up from their smaller Ellicott dredge, a Series 670 model named the “COD FISH,” which Barnstable has reliably operated for over 20 years.

Barnstable requested several customized features, including an integrated spud carriage, which allows for better positioning and therefore more precise and efficient cutting. Additionally, the dredge has a raked bow and tow points, which allow for convenient low-drag towing. The dredge is capable of being lifted once fully assembled, and was customized for Barnstable’s crane to allow the dredge to be launched by crane rather than a slipway.

14" Bay Dragon Dredge Specs

Other new features of the Bay Dragon Series include:

  • Tier 3 compliant marine engine
  • Inline drive train with a marine transmission
  • A new hydraulic system, designed in-house, that reduces power and fuel consumption by approximately 10% and increases operating efficiency by 20%.
  • Modern electric over hydraulic control system using Parker IQAN for increased reliability.
  • Easy-to-use joystick controls mounted in the operator’s control chair

State of Ohio

Ellicott will supply two fully customized booster pump stations for the State of Ohio. These

An Ellicott Booster Pump Station

An Ellicott Booster Pump Station

boosters will be used to support the multiple state-owned Ellicott 460SL swinging ladder dredges. They are equipped with remote wireless automation and a monitoring station for use on the dredges.

Features of the booster pumps include:

  • 12” L-36 hard iron dredge pump with adjustable liner
  • Caterpillar Engine – 540 HP (400 kW), bio-diesel compatible
  • Inline marine gear transmission
  • Double-walled fuel tank
  • Local analog gauges and controls
  • Advanced controls and vibration monitoring system

Ellicott is the leading provider of innovative dredging systems and solutions to meet their customers’ needs.