Category Archives: Dredging Contracts

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.

Lynnhaven Inlet Dredging Contract Awarded; Material Earmarked For Beneficial Reuse

The Norfolk District, US Army Corps of Engineers, has awarded a US $2 million contract for maintenance dredging in Lynnhaven Inlet Federal Navigation Channel in Virginia Beach, Va.


Lynnhaven Inlet annually undergoes maintenance dredging to combat critical shoaling; however, due to Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the Virginia Beach coastline last year, shoaling conditions were exacerbated and required accelerated dredging, said Kristin Mazur, Norfolk District’s project manager.

“Recent surveys identified critical shoaling in the entrance channel, turning basin and side channels of the project,” Mazur said. “This shoaling, if left alone, may adversely impact a wide variety of maritime industry, and threatens safe and efficient navigation.”

The project typically requires full-maintenance dredging cycles about every three years.

Southwind Construction Corporation, a small business based in Evansville, Ind, will dredge the channel to a required depth of up to 10ft “mean lower low water.” The dredging contract also includes two feet of allowable over-depth dredging.

The contractor will use a pipeline to transport the dredged material for beneficial reuse in designated placement areas along Ocean Park Beach and the Maple Street Upland Placement Site in Virginia Beach. In all, the contractor will dredge about 134,350 cubic yards of material.

Because the project was impacted by Hurricane Sandy, it is funded through a combined Post-Sandy Disaster Relief Appropriations, Corps operations and maintenance funding and local sponsor funds.

The project is slated for completion in January 2014.

Lynnhaven Inlet Federal Navigation Channel, which was authorized by the River and Harbor Act of Oct. 23, 1962, is located on the Chesapeake Bay, within the city of Virginia Beach. The navigation project provides access to the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean for commercial fishing vessels, charter fishing boats, head boats and a wide range of private recreational vessels.

The channel is used by the pilot boats for both the Virginia and Maryland pilot stations based inside the inlet to transport pilots from their dock to deep-draft ships entering the Chesapeake Bay.