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Ellicott’s Electric Bucketwheel Dredge to Air on MEGA MACHINES 10-25-2018

Tune in tonight at 10 P.M. Eastern Time (DST) to the Discovery Science Channel’s MEGA MACHINES, SEA GIANTSEpisode 3.

This program covers the recently completed assembly of Ellicott’s latest customized dredge, the B2190E Electric Bucketwheel Dredge, for a petrochemical company in the Middle East.

If you are unable to watch this evening’s episode, it will also be available for viewing tomorrow on the Discovery Science Channel website in its entirety.

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What It Takes to Build a Customized Dredge

In 2017, a petrochemical customer approached Ellicott Dredges about building a customized electric Bucketwheel dredge. The customized dredge had to be designed to withstand desert-like conditions.  The customer chose Ellicott Dredges based upon Ellicott’s experience and reputation for designing and building dredges to work in difficult and challenging environments.

Discovering the Solution to a Challenging Problem

The most significant challenge facing the team from Ellicott was the ability to transport a 1MM lb. (453,592.3 kg) dredge halfway around the world. During the beginning stages of the project, a team from Ellicott’s Major Projects division sprang into action and discovered a solution to the problem. Thanks to some creative thinking, they decided to design and build a dredge that was capable of being disassembled, easily transported over road and sea, and reassembled at the customer’s project site.

What Makes This Customized Dredge Different?

The new customized dredge is equipped with Ellicott’s patented Dual-Wheel Excavator (DWE) 94 600HP cutter engine.  In fact, a traditional DWE 94 model dredge has a 150HP cutter engine.  However, this specific dredge produces four times the power.

The dredge will spend most of its time in a salt pond pumping salt and brine. It’s important to realize that the first few feet of water consists mostly of sand. This part of the process is easy to manage. However, beneath the sand is a deposit of halite mineral that contains nearly 90% pure salt. In fact, the mineral is hard and requires increased power from a dredge that comes with a dual wheel excavator. This makes it possible to continue pumping salt and brine.

Due to the nature of work that’s involved the equipment onboard the dredge is suitable for a highly corrosive environment. Optional items installed on the dredge include:

  • Bolt-on-zinc-anodes that can be changed out from the deck.
  • Radiators that cool hydraulic fluid.
  • Stainless piping and fasteners.

Final Stages of the Project

After spending several months assembling the customized electric Bucketwheel dredge and undergoing testing, the team from Ellicott Dredges is proud to announce that the final stages of construction are now complete.

In May, a crew from Ellicott Dredges completed disassembly of the dredge. Various dredge sections and components were shipped breakbulk and crated in containers and then placed on a vessel that set sail for delivery from the Port of Baltimore. In addition, Ellicott’s team of experienced field service engineers will be available on site to assist the customer with the assembly of the dredge and training of their crew.

 

Malawi Customers Receive Dredging Education

Ellicott Dredges Hosts EGENCO Dredge Training

Ellicott Dredges recently hosted a team of officials from Malawi’s Electricity Generation Company (EGENCO, LTD). During their two week visit, our distinguished guests participated in dredge operation, engine care, hydraulic control systems, and other dredge training programs that prepared them to independently operate a dredge that Ellicott Dredges is currently building for them.

Malawi’s Newest Dredge

Ellicott Dredges is building a Dragon® Series model 1270 18-inch dredge for EGENCO under contract from the Millennium Challenge Account-Malawi. During their visit, our guests got to see the dredge in the final stages of preparation.

The 1270 Dragon® dredger is configured for shallow digging and outfitted with a spud carriage that’s designed to increase efficiency. The dredge is intended to maintain the Kapichira Hydroelectric Plant on the Shire River. The vessel will dramatically improve EGENCO’s output and better meet Malawi’s power needs.

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.

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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.

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.