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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.

unnamedAn aerial view of the Ellicott 1870 Dragon® dredge

 

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.”

unnamed (1)One of the Ellicott 3870 Super Dragon® dredges

 

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.

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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.