New Hires, Promotions and Awards for Ellicott Dredge Enterprises


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.

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 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.


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.”


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.


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.

Southwind Dredging Little River

DNREC’s Divisions of Watershed Stewardship and Fish & Wildlife have announced plans for a cooperative dredging project on the Little River near Dover, from the Route 9/Bayside Drive bridge in Little Creek east into the Delaware Bay.

Dredging is scheduled to begin in the second week of this month. Southwind Construction of Evansville, Ind., was awarded the contract for the project and will be using their 14″ Ellicott 970 dredge.

The channel is approximately 12,400 feet long and will be dredged to widths of 40 feet in the river portion and 60 feet in the Delaware Bay portion, and to a depth of 5 feet at average low tide. The Little River was last dredged by the state in 1981-1982.

A secondary benefit of the project is the beneficial use of dredged material to restore and enhance waterbird habitat within the nearby Division of Fish & Wildlife Little Creek Wildlife Area impoundment’s Refuge cell, one of several cells comprising the impoundment divided by dikes to allow for separate management.

Beneficial use material will increase bottom elevations within the impoundment cell to a level that promotes waterfowl and shorebird diverse habitat and food resources, offsetting sinking marsh elevations that have resulted in excessive open water habitat.

The $1.01 million state-funded project includes dredging 79,000 cubic yards of material from the channel, and the removal of 30 derelict pilings and a derelict vessel from the waterway near Little Creek.

A pipeline will be placed along an existing road in the Little Creek Wildlife Area to pump dredge material from the river channel into the Refuge impoundment cell.

The project is not expected to interfere with hunting in the area. Project completion is anticipated by October 1, before peak waterfowl season.

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.

Dos Dragas Ellicott Trabajando en Expansión de Puerto en Centroamérica

Dos dragas Ellicott de tipo corte y succión se encuentran en este momento realizando trabajos en uno de los principales puertos del Pacifico Centroamericano. Los trabajos son parte de un proyecto de expansión con el objetivo de incrementar la capacidad del puerto y poder recibir embarcaciones tipo Post-Panamax. La primera draga, una Ellicott modelo 370 con bomba de 12″x10″ (300 x 250 mm) y potencia total de 440 HP (328 kW) ha estado trabajando en este puerto desde hace unos seis meses. A esta draga se le ha unido recientemente una Ellicott modelo 670 con bomba de 14″x14″ (350 x 350 mm) y potencia total de 800 HP (597 kW). Ellicott capturó en video vistas aéreas de la draga 670 Dragon en acción en el lugar de operaciones. Ambas dragas se encuentran en este momento trabajando en la profundización de la zona de muelles del nuevo terminal.

Las dragas Ellicott 370 y 670 son dragas portátiles, pero también son muy robustas y confiables, ideales para todo tipo de aplicaciones de dragado incluyendo puertos.  Estas dragas son las mas potentes de su rango.

Normalmente, en proyectos de expansión de puertos como este se utiliza dragas de tolva tipo “hopper” u otro tipo de embarcaciones de dragado auto-propulsadas.  En ciertos casos, dragas de corte y succión de  menor tamaño y portátiles son una mejor solución.  Esto es debido a que son fáciles de movilizar, se encuentran normalmente disponibles y además tienen un nivel de producción alto a un costo relativamente bajo.  Estas ventajas son aún más evidentes para proyectos de dragado de mantenimiento, especialmente si el dragado debe realizarse periódicamente.

Para mayor información, por favor contactar a Andrés Borasino, Gerente de Ventas Internacionales de Ellicott.

Email: [email protected]
Tel: (410) 878 7166

Dragas Ellicott Trabajando en Restauración de Áreas Naturales

DELAWARE, USA – Dos dragas Ellicott modelo 460SL se encuentran en este momento realizando trabajos de restauración de pantanos costeros en la zona denominada Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge en el estado de Delaware. Este es uno de los proyectos de restauración de pantanos más grandes que se hayan realizado en la zona este de los Estados Unidos.  El proyecto consiste en la restauración de un ecosistema pantanoso costero de unos 16 kilómetros cuadrados.  La restauración de los pantanos permitirá a los mismos soportar de mejor manera huracanes y tormentas.  Además, se creará un mejor hábitat para aves migratorias y otras especies de animales.

Una de las dos dragas Ellicott 460SL en operación

Las empresas AMEC y su subcontratista Dredge America han venido realizando una excelente labor desde que el proyecto de restauración se inició en junio.  Cada draga opera 10 horas al día, 6 días a la semana.  Sam Robinson, Ingeniero de Proyectos de Dredge America, comenta: “Estamos satisfechos con las dragas y apreciamos el apoyo de Ellicott no solo en este, sino en todos nuestros proyectos en los Estados Unidos.”

A la fecha se han dragado más de 2.4 km, recuperando canales que conectan el pantano con el mar.  El plan es dragar un total de 48.3 km para mediados del próximo año.

dredge-americaJason Collene de Dredge America y una de las dragas Ellicott 460SL

La primera fase consiste en mejorar la circulación de agua entre los pantanos y el mar.  Se bombeará arena hacia la costa para crear zonas adicionales de pantano que actúen como barreras y para administrar mejor el flujo marino.  El objetivo también es reducir y controlar el crecimiento de vegetación invasiva, la cual a través de los años se ha venido expandiendo y reduciendo las zonas pantanosas. Una vez que se reestablezca el flujo natural, la vegetación original del pantano volverá a crecer.  La vegetación original no solo brinda una mayor resistencia con lo que se minimiza la erosión causada por tormentas y huracanes, sino que también crea un hábitat ideal para aves y otros animales silvestres.

prime-hook-wildlife-refugeVista aérea del Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Puede ver las dragas en operación en el canal de YouTube de Ellicott. El Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge mantiene también una página en Facebook!

Especificaciones – Draga 460SL Swinging Dragon
Diámetro de Descarga: 10″ (245 mm)
Max. Profundidad de Dragado: 20′ (6.1 m)
Potencia Total: 440 HP (330 kW)
Potencia de Bombeo: 320 HP (240 kW)
Potencia de Corte: 40 HP (30 kW)

Para mayor información, por favor contactar a Andrés Borasino, Gerente de Ventas Internacionales de Ellicott.
Email: [email protected]
Tel: (410) 878 7166

Two Ellicott Dredges Work to Restore National Wildlife Refuge

DELAWARE, USA – Two Ellicott 460SL dredges are currently being used in a large tidal marsh restoration project at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware. This is one of the largest marsh restoration projects ever in the eastern U.S. The project will restore a highly damaged tidal marsh/barrier beach ecosystem covering about 4,000 acres (1618.7 ha) within the former freshwater impoundment system on the refuge. This coastal wetland restoration improves the ability of the refuge marshes to withstand future storms and sea level rise and improves habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife.

One of the two Ellicott 460SL dredges in operation

AMEC and their marine subcontractor, Dredge America, have had great success since the restoration work began in June. Each dredge operates 10 hours per day, six days a week. “We are happy with the dredges and appreciate Ellicott’s support not only with this project but with all of Dredge America’s projects across the U.S.”, says Sam Robinson, Project Engineer for Dredge America.

They have already dredged more than 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of tidal channels and plan to dredge 30 total miles (48.3 km) of channel by next summer.

dredge-americaDredge America’s Jason Collene beside an Ellicott 460SL dredge

The first phase of the project will focus primarily on draining the marsh and improving tidal circulation. They will begin pumping sand onto the shoreline to close the breaches and create a back-barrier marsh platform. Overgrowth of phragmites, an invasive species of perennial grass, has resulted in the reduction of the wetland area. Establishing a constant salt water flow will help eliminate the phragmites. This restoration of habitat and natural tidal water circulation will enable salt marsh vegetation to return and flourish, improving the resilience of refuge wetlands against future storms and sea level rise, and providing valuable habitat for birds and other wildlife.

 prime-hook-wildlife-refugePrime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

You can view the dredges in operation on Ellicott’s YouTube channel. Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge also posts updates on their Facebook page, so check that out as well!

Specifications – 460SL Swinging Dragon Dredge

Discharge Diameter: 10″ (245 mm)

Max. Digging Depth: 20′ (6.1 m)

Total Power: 440 HP (330 kW)

Pump Power: 320 HP (240 kW)

Cutter Power: 40 HP (30 kW)

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

Email: [email protected]

Ph: (410) 545-0232


Tappan Lake Dredging Begins with Ellicott 370 Dragon Dredge

lake-dredgerHARRISON COUNTY, OH (USA) – The dredging of parts of Tappan Lake have finally begun with the equipment actually in place and on the water, according to Barbara Bennett, director of administrative services for the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD).

The matter was discussed at last Friday’s monthly meeting, which was held at Mansfield’s Charles Mill Lake Park.

Bennett stated that 400,000 cubic yards of sediment would be removed from the bottom of Tappan, which would take place near Beaverdam Run Bay, Clear Fork Bay and along both sides of Deersville Road.

The silt is to be vacuumed through flexible pipeline, which will cross under U.S. 250 to a site MWCD owns, which is at the northwest corner of Addy Road and U.S. 250, according to Bennett.

The big blue and white machine with a large orange fixture was given the name “CADIZ,” she said and added that the dewatering racks and basins were set up at the Addy property.

“The dewatering system is by mechanical means and state of the art systems,” Bennett stated by email. She said that using the pumping system would cut down on truck traffic, which would normally be used in hauling away the sediment. The dewatering system, which had been discussed in a previous MWCD meetings, is a system, which dries out the sediment much quicker, allowing recipients of the material to use it sooner than normal.

“We’re having ongoing discussions with Harrison County and also…ODNR (Ohio Department of Natural Resources),” Bennett said. “Nothing [has] been finalized but we will have over 400,000 cubic yards of material so there’s good material available for fill or use somewhere.”

Harrison County Commissioner, Don Bethel, stated the same that they were still discussing the matter with the MWCD and that they were still very interested in obtaining some of that sediment being pulled up from the lake.

Bethel had stated in a previous meeting earlier in the year that one idea for acquiring the sediment would be for use in filling the many small valleys near Industrial Park Road. The idea is to flatten out more land in order for the area to be even more attractive to prospective businesses, which have begun springing up there already.

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.


“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.


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 anuncia Nueva Draga Serie 2070 Dragón®

BALTIMORE, MD — Ellicott se complace en anunciar un nuevo diseño de draga de corte succión de 20″ (500 mm), la Serie 2070 Dragón®.

La nueva draga incorpora la más moderna tecnología y las técnicas más avanzadas de diseño. Esta unidad eventualmente reemplazará a la famosa Serie 1870 de Ellicott de 20″.


“Este es un diseño muy moderno y eficiente, que mantiene la versatilidad, larga vida, y las altas tasas de producción que los propietarios de la 1870 ya conocen”, dijo Paul Quinn, vice-presidente de ventas de Ellicott. “Con más de 18 meses de preparación, este es el diseño más minuciosamente investigado y desarrollado que Ellicott ha hecho.”

Al igual que la 1870, la 2070 suministra gran potencia a la bomba, usando un motor principal dedicado con potencia nominal de 1,300 HP (970 kW).  Además del motor principal, la 2070 cuenta con un motor auxiliar de 440 HP (328 kW) dedicado al sistema hidráulico. Este sistema de doble motor brinda independencia al sistema hidráulico con respecto al sistema de bombeo.  Esto es algo que las dragas con un solo motor no pueden hacer.

Todos los motores son de Caterpillar y cumplen con todos los estándares actuales de emisiones.


El nuevo casco fue diseñado para cumplir con las Reglas BV para zonas de aguas protegidas.  Este nuevo diseño brinda además una mayor portabilidad y facilita en gran medida el ensamble de la draga en campo. Ellicott logra estos objetivos mediante la reducción del número de pontones laterales, de cuatro a dos. Además, la draga incorpora un nuevo diseño de pórtico de escalera.

Otra mejora importante es el sistema hidráulico, que ahora se basa en bombas de desplazamiento variable altamente eficientes. Este enfoque reduce el uso de combustible para obtener la misma potencia hidráulica en los dispositivos. La 2070 también está equipada con un moderno sistema de control hidráulico eléctrico, con controladores Parker IQAN para una mayor confiabilidad.

Dredger 2070 Controls

La draga 2070 puede además incluir opciones como “anchor booms”, “spud carriage” y codo giratorio.

Con su diseño BV para aguas protegidas, bomba de 20 “(500 mm), profundidad de dragado máxima de 15 m, y una mayor portabilidad, la draga 2070 es ideal para una variedad de aplicaciones.  Estas aplicaciones incluyen: dragado de puertos, ríos, dragado de navegación, proyectos de recuperación de tierras, extracción de arena, minería, etc.

Resumen Especificaciones – Draga 2070 Dragón

Potencia Total instalada HP / KW: 1740 HP (1,297 kW)
Motor principal: CAT C32 diesel, 1,300 HP (969 kW)
Motor auxiliar: CAT C15 diesel, 440 HP (328 kW)
Potencia de Cortador: 250 CV (186 kW)
Potencia de Bombeo: 1,200 SHP
Longitud total: 34 m
Profundidad de excavación:  15 m
Diámetro de tubería de succión: 20 pulgadas (508 mm)
Diámetro de tuberia de descarga: 20 pulgadas (508 mm)

Para obtener más información, por favor póngase en contacto con la Sra. Robin Manning, Administradora de Ventas. Email:[email protected]

A custom 370 Dragon dredge – the “KRISTI JOE” – will be used for the Dismal Swamp Canal dredging project.

Southwind Construction Corporation, an Indiana-based dredging contractor, will begin dredging operations within the Dismal Swamp Canal near marker No.22 on June 29, 2015.

These dredging operations will take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and the dredger ‘Kristi Joe’ and tender ‘Danny Joe’ will be involved in this dredging project.

custom-dredgeFloating rubber and polyethylene pipeline associated with the dredging operations will traverse both northerly and southerly along the western shoreline of Dismal Swamp Canal to the adjacent Upland Disposal Area located along the Lake Drummond Feeder Ditch.

The Dismal Swamp Canal dredging scheme will last until July 29, 2015.

Source: Dredging Today