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Leadership Changes at Ellicott Dredge Enterprises

Effective October 27, 2016

The Board of Directors of Ellicott Dredge Enterprises (EDE) of Baltimore, MD is pleased to announce two promotions:

Heiko U. Osterchrist is now President of EDE. Most recently he had been Managing Director of Rohr International Holdings and Rohr/Idreco operations in the U.S.A., Germany, France and Holland. Osterchrist has over 35 years of experience in international sales and business development.

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Heiko Osterchrist, President, EDE

 

He was on the Board of Directors of Ellicott from 2002 to 2009, and joined Ellicott full time as Vice President in 2011. In that capacity he spearheaded the acquisition of EDE’s three European-based ventures: Rohr GMBH in Mannheim, Germany; Rohr France Srl in Betting, France (maker of bucket ladder and clamshell dredgers for sand mining); and IDRECO BV in Doetinchem, The Netherlands. Idreco has developed market leading technology for deep digging dredges for applications in sand mining, mine tailings, and hydroelectric dam desiltation.

 

Prior to joining Ellicott, Osterchrist was a Partner in U.S. Concrete Products, LLC of Baltimore, and Managing Director of ITC Inc. of Baltimore, which mined and distributed industrial and specialty minerals worldwide. He graduated with a BA from Randolph-Macon College.

 

Craig A. Murdock has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of EDE. Murdock has over 30 years of experience in quality and operations.

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Craig Murdock, COO, EDE

He was hired by Ellicott as Q.A. Manager in 2010. Murdock was appointed Director of Corporate Process Improvement in 2013 for Ellicott Dredges of Baltimore and Ellicott Dredge Technologies of New Richmond, Wisconsin. He was promoted to General Manager of Ellicott in 2014 and is responsible for manufacturing, engineering, and materials while continuing oversight of process improvements for both of EDE’s U.S. locations. Prior to joining Ellicott, Murdock was the Q.A. Manager and then promoted to General Manager at Command Technology, a supplier of military and commercial aerospace systems.

Peter Bowe, previously President and CEO of EDE, will continue as CEO, and remain on its Board. He will focus on business development and strategic opportunities, as well as supporting key corporate relationships.

Marty Barnes, formerly COO, will continue as SVP focusing on IT and Customer Service projects through at least 2017.

Bowe said: “After 31 years of leading Ellicott Dredges, it is very gratifying for me to announce a new leadership cohort, all developed internally. And we are pleased that Marty Barnes will continue to offer us and our clients his unparalleled experience after a career already spanning over 50 years long with Ellicott. I look forward to the next stage of Ellicott’s success.”

Ellicott also announced that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has just appointed Bowe to the U.S. Commerce Department Trade Finance Advisory Council. The purpose of the Council, according to the Department of Commerce, is to advise the Secretary on private sector trade financing for U.S. exporters and to identify effective ways to expand access to finance for them, especially small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and their foreign buyer clients. The Department of Commerce selected just 20 members for the Council nationally.

Ellicott Announces Three Custom Dredger Contracts

Ellicott® Dredges, LLC announced that it has received three significant contracts for custom-designed dredges.

In the first instance a major international chemical company selected Ellicott to build a custom electric bucketwheel dredge to mine salt in a very hard digging application. The new dredge, which will increase the mine’s output per operating hour and reduce its cost per ton of salt produced, will become the mine’s primary dredge. The salt will be used as feedstock for various chemical products such as chlorine based PVC.

Ellicott Series B2190E

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New features on the B2190E dredge include:

  • A new hydraulic system, designed in-house, with the goal of reducing power consumption approximately 10% vs existing systems
  • Electric over hydraulic controls
  • PLC onboard capable of collecting data and providing remote access to dredge controls and systems

In the second case Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA has awarded a contract to Ellicott following a public tender. The new dredge will be used to maintain small harbors with beneficial reuse of the sand for beach restoration. The dredge represents a major step up from a smaller standard design Ellicott dredge, a Series 670 Dragon® model named the “CODFISH,” which Barnstable has operated reliably and satisfactorily for over 20 years.

Ellicott Series 850-S

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Ellicott Series 670 Dragon® dredge owned by Barnstable County

New Features on the Barnstable County Series 850-S dredge include:

  • Tier 3 compliant marine engine
  • Inline drive train with a marine transmission
  • A new hydraulic system, designed in-house, with the goal of reducing power and fuel consumption approximately 10%
  • Electric over hydraulic controls
  • IQAN and REDLION products used for in-house development of all control and visualization programming
  • Fingertip controls with Joysticks mounted in the operator’s control chair

 

Finally, Ellicott announces that a major European chemical company has given it a contract to supply a small bucketwheel dredge to mine fertilizer feedstock.

 

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Bucketwheel dredge similar to new sale

All three deliveries will be completed before the end of 2017.

 

For more information, please contact:
Robin Manning, Sales Administrator
Email: [email protected]
Ph: +1-410-545-0232

Ellicott Dredges’ Parent Company Makes Fortune 500 List

Ellicott Dredge Enterprises is pleased to announce that its parent, Markel Corporation, (NYSE: MKL) has earned a position on the latest Fortune 500 list, at number 476, with over $5 billion of revenues. This selection marks Markel’s first time ever on the list. Until relatively recently Markel was exclusively an insurance company.

Ellicott Dredge Enterprises is part of Markel Ventures (MV), the non-insurance operations of Markel. Markel Ventures, with over 7,000 employees and over $1 billion in revenues, earned over 70% of that revenue from manufacturing operations including Ellicott.

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Ellicott 3870 Super Dragon dredge in Bangladesh

3870 Super Dragon Dredge Specs
Discharge Diameter                26″ (650 mm)
Max. Digging Depth                60′ (18 m)
Total Power                             4000 HP (2983 kW)

Ellicott sells portable suction dredges through the following brands: Ellicott, IDRECO, Mud Cat, IMS, Liquid Waste Technology; and mechanical dredges though the Rohr brand. Representative recent deliveries include a 26” 4000 HP (2983 kW) dredge to the government of Bangladesh and a 800 HP (600 kW) dredge to a South Pacific island.

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Ellicott 670 Dragon dredge in South Pacific

670 Dragon Dredge Specs
Discharge Diameter                12-14″ (305-355 mm)
Max. Digging Depth                33-42′ (10-12.8 m)
Total Power                              800 HP (600 kW)

In its 30 years as a public company, Markel has posted outstanding financial returns with a growth rate in book value of 14% per annum, compounded, growing from $16 million to almost $8 billion! Current market value exceeds US $13 billion. Earnings over that same period have grown more than one hundred fold, from $5million to almost $600 million.

Markel’s strategy for its non-insurance operations (MV) is to “buy, build, and hold.” A subsequent sale or exit is not part of the MV business model. Its companies are financed with permanent capital using little or no debt, providing management maximum operating flexibility. Markel invests permanent capital in businesses that meet the following criteria:

  1. Profitable businesses with good returns on capital
  2. Talented management teams and a culture of integrity
  3. Reinvestment opportunities and capital discipline

“Ellicott, a 130+ year old company with established management and market-leading products and technologies, meets these criteria well,” said Ventures CEO Mike Heaton.

Ellicott President and CEO Peter Bowe noted that having the backing of Markel gives Ellicott customers the comfort of knowing that Ellicott will be around another century to serve them and support their growth, through good times and bad.

New Hires, Promotions and Awards for Ellicott Dredge Enterprises

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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.
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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 DREDGE TECHNOLOGIES

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.

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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.”

ELLICOTT DREDGES

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.

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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.

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.

Ellicott Announces Completely New Series 2070 Dragon® Dredger

BALTIMORE, MD  Ellicott is pleased to announce a completely new design 20” (500 mm) cutter suction dredge, the Series 2070 Dragon® dredge.

The new dredger takes advantage of modern, up-to-date technology and advanced design techniques. This unit will eventually replace the renowned Series 1870 Dragon as Ellicott’s standard and in-stock 20” dredge.

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“This is a truly modern and efficient design without any sacrifice of the versatility, long life, and high production rates that owners of the 1870 have come to expect,” says Paul Quinn, Vice President of Sales for Ellicott. “With over 18 months in development, this is the most thoroughly researched and developed design that Ellicott has ever had.”

Like the 1870, the 2070 Dragon supplies ample power to the pump using a dedicated engine rated at 1300 HP (970 kW) and has a separate 440 HP (328 kW) engine dedicated to the hydraulic system. This dual-engine system allows for full hydraulic power to the cutter and winches, even when reduced RPMs on the pump are called for – something single-engine dredges cannot do.

All engines are from Caterpillar and meet all current air quality standards.

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The entirely new hull was designed to meet BV Rules for Sheltered Waters. The new design criteria allows for increased portability and easier construction in the field. Ellicott accomplished these goals by reducing the number of side pontoons from four to two. In addition, the dredge uses a new, simplified bow gantry design.

Another major improvement is the hydraulic system, which is now based on highly efficient variable displacement pumps. This approach allows for lower HP input and thus less fuel usage to get the same hydraulic power to the devices. The 2070 is also equipped with a modern electric over hydraulic control system using Parker IQAN controllers for increased reliability.

Dredger 2070 Controls

Options such as anchor booms, or spud carriage, or swivel elbow discharge can be easily added.

With its design to BV Sheltered Water rules, 20” (500 mm) discharge, 50’ (15 m) digging depth, and improved portability, the Series 2070 Dragon is suitable for a variety of projects. These applications would include: harbor, river and waterway dredging, land reclamation projects, sand mining, and mining and tailing pond assignments.

Summary Specifications – 2070 Dragon Dredger

Total Installed HP/KW: 1740 HP (1297 kW)

Main Engine: CAT C32 Diesel Engine, 1300 HP (969 kW)

Auxiliary Engine:  CAT C15 Diesel Engine, 440 HP (328 kW)

Cutter Power: 250 HP (186 kW)

Pump Power: 1200 SHP

Overall length: 111 ft (34 m)

Digging Depth: 50 ft (15 m)

Suction Pipe Diameter: 20 inch (508 mm)

Discharge Diameter:  20 inch (508 mm)

For more information, please contact Ms. Robin Manning, Sales Administrator.

Email: [email protected]

Ph: (410) 545-0232

Ellicott Dredges Announces Worldwide Results

Ellicott Dredges, LLC announces recent worldwide results; record deliveries to the U.S. market.

Ellicott Dredges continued a strong sales effort over the last 15 months with shipments of dozens of dredges to over a dozen countries. Ellicott considers an outstanding aspect of this performance to be its exceptionally strong sales to the U.S. market, particularly for dredging contractors.

Since the beginning of 2014, Ellicott has delivered a substantial number of dredges to U.S. customers, with two more custom units for a marsh restoration project funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior due to ship during the first half of 2015. Of the U.S. deliveries to date, two are new 20″ (500mm) dredges for dredging contractors in Louisiana and Texas, while three new 18″ (450mm) units went to contractors in New Jersey, Michigan, and Iowa.  This is a remarkable achievement considering the selectiveness of U.S. dredging contractors who purchase equipment with the expectation of at least 30 years of service under tough conditions.

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Paul Quinn, Vice President of Sales for Ellicott, said that “this relatively large number of 18″ (450mm) and 20″ (500mm) dredges being sold to some of the industry’s toughest customers is an acknowledgment of what many have known all along – that Ellicott dredges offer the highest value, the longest life, and most reliable operation of any dredge available. On top of that, our service and support are great, our service guys are well-trained and field-orientated, and we carry a huge inventory of spare parts to support our equipment.”

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In addition to record performance in the U.S., Ellicott recently launched and commissioned two of its new and innovative 3870 Super Dragons, with two more coming on line by June 2015.  The 3870 is a 3800 HP (2834 kW), 26″ (650mm) dredge with a direct-driven ladder pump, and 50′ (18m) digging depth.

For more information, contact Mrs. Robin Manning.

Email: [email protected]

Ph: (410) 545-0232

Lavon Lake dredging project adds to North Texas water supply

Even as drought lingers and intensifies across the region, the North Texas Municipal Water District will begin dredging two areas of its key reservoir in the next few months, allowing the utility to increase water deliveries by up to 7.2 million gallons a day. An Ellicott 370 Dragon dredge is being used for this project.

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The $1.9 million project will remove about 10 feet of accumulated silt around two of the three water intake pipes at Lavon Lake, district spokeswoman Denise Hickey said.

The current water level at Lavon is about 480 feet above sea level. But during the heat of summer, the level can fall 5 to 10 feet through increased usage and evaporation. If the lake level falls to 469 feet, Raw Water Pump 3 would no longer be able to pump water from the lake, Hickey said; at 470 feet, Raw Water Pump 2 would be in the same situation.

“Those are the critical elevations,” she said.

The only remedy then would be bringing in submersible pumps and placing them in the deepest parts of the lake to keep water flowing to the district’s 1.6 million customers, Hickey said.

“You’ll still get water,” she said, “but it isn’t the preferable way.”

The water district approved the dredging project this month and directed the contractor to begin work within 60 days, she said, and Dredge America intends to start as soon as it can.

“They have to do all the staging, getting everything ready,” Hickey said. “My understanding is there are very few pieces of dredging equipment available. And the lake level has to be low enough for them to work. If we get too much rain [in early spring], it makes it difficult to work.”

At this point, Dredge America plans to begin work the week of March 9, Hickey said, and the dredge should be on site by the end of February.

The district is doing similar work at a second reservoir, a $1.8 million project at Jim Chapman Lake, which supplies both the North Texas Municipal Water District and the city of Irving with water.

“Chapman should be finished sometime around the end of summer,” Hickey said.

Five years of drought conditions have exposed broad swaths of dry sand along Lavon’s edges and snaking channels of deeper water through the boggy lake bottom in Lavon’s northern arms. But launching a wide-scale dredging project to deepen the entire lake creates huge environmental problems.

When the district calculated some numbers during drought conditions in 2005-2007, dredging to even modestly increase the lake’s capacity would have produced enough dredge spoils “to cover all of Rockwall County in 3 feet of sediment,” Hickey said.

“And the cost would have been 20 times higher than using any of our other sources of water.”

Source: The Dallas Morning News

US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew Visits Ellicott Dredges

Baltimore, MD – US Treasury Secretary Lew, together with US Senator Ben Cardin (D), MD, visited Ellicott Dredges March 9 at their Baltimore plant for a discussion about US export policies, Eximbank, (the US Government financing entity), and infrastructure investment programs.

Secretary Lew met with senior management from Ellicott including Heiko, Joe and Craig, as well with shop floor employees assembling Ellicott dredges.

The Secretary chose Ellicott for its century plus of leadership in dredge design and manufacturing and involvement in many great engineering projects around the world. These projects include the Panama Canal, the Suez Canal, mining sand, and many others.

Secretary Lew interviewed engineers working on new products, and got a demonstration of Ellicott’s state-of-the-art dredge training simulator.

Ellicott Highlights Need for Infrastructure Investment

Ellicott management discussed with the Secretary the importance of various infrastructure funding programs, such as use of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund to finance ports and harbors and dredging, as well as the need to re-authorize the US Eximbank. Secretary Lew noted that the Administration fully supports these programs, which are critical in maintaining America’s competitiveness in the international market place. The Administration’s plans for corporate tax reform would fund necessary infrastructure projects.

Secretary Lew in his remarks with Baltimore business leaders after the tour praised Ellicott for its use of apprenticeships and community college courses, as an example of the need for corporations to take an active role in educating and training the American workforce that companies will need to compete in the 21st century.