Preparations Underway for Apollo Beach Dredging

Gator Dredging, a Florida-based dredging contractor, will start dredging operations by the end of this month in Apollo Beach, Florida.

dredging-beach-apolloThis dredging scheme will begin in the North Channel and then proceed to the South and Main Pass channels in May.

The Apollo Beach dredging program will be completed by the end of May, barring any bad weather or equipment malfunctions.

Once the work is done, three channels leading to the area will go from about 4 feet in depth to about 71/2 feet deep at low tide, opening up access for yachts and sailboats that right now have to wait for high tide to get in and out of the area.

Dredging operations will take place during the working days of the week.

In addition to the dredging work, the project will replace the eroded shoreline at the 60-acre Apollo Beach Nature Preserve.

Source: DredgingToday

Dredging Needed to Control Floods in Jammu & Kashmir

Ghulam Ahmad Mir, the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee President, expressed yesterday its deepest grief over the unfortunate incident in which 16 lives were lost in landslides that took place at Hajam Mohalla.

He said: “Administration should have taken measures to evacuate those families also who were residing at higher reaches in Valley, as the rains have lashed the valley for a few days.”

The president emphasized the need for long term measures to control the flood like situations in both Jammu and Kashmir, as the State is now witnessing rough weather and heavy rains.

He added that the Government should remain vigilant and the Department of Flood Control must be directed to start dredging and embankment of River Jhelum and other Nallahs.


Source: Kashmir News Services

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.


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

Fire Island Dredging Resumes

H&L Contracting resumed dredging operations at Watch Hill on Fire Island this week, according to the National Park Service.

Fire Island

The dredge being used for this project is an Ellicott 1170 Dragon® dredge. The project, aimed at maintaining safe, public access to marina and docking facilities impacted by Hurricane Sandy, was stalled in early January due to severe winter weather and extensive ice in the Great South Bay.

Dredging efforts will be focused on restoring the Watch Hill navigation channel and will be ongoing through March 31. Due to weather delays, portions of the project can no longer be completed during the dredging window and may be completed from October, 2015 to January, 2016.

The dredging project began in December, 2014 and was halted January 8, 2015 as a result of icing in the Great South Bay.

The $2.9 million project, funded through Hurricane Sandy relief aid, was designed to restore Sailors Haven and Watch Hill navigation channels to a width of 100 feet and depth of six feet at mean low tide.

Source: DredgingToday

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.

Duncan Seawall Completes Sawgrass Lake Dredging

Duncan Seawall Dock and Boat Lift recently completed an 18 month, 200,000 cubic-yard hydraulic dredge project as a sub-contractor to Woodruff & Son’s Construction (Bradenton, Florida) for the Southwest Florida Management District at Sawgrass Lake in St. Petersburg, Florida. lake-dredging-duncan-seawall

This sensitive hydraulic dredge project with partially contaminated material required Duncan Seawall to dredge the lake from -2 to -8 feet and required the use of one of its Ellicott hydraulic dredges.

This machine was sized to match the dewatering and material separation plants located adjacent to the lake.

Duncan Seawall specializes in all types of dredge applications using its hydraulic or mechanical dredge equipment and shoreline stabilization projects.

Source: Dredging Today

La draga “Mindi” fabricada por Ellicott Dredges hace más de 70 años, trabaja hoy en día y de forma ininterrumpida en la Expansión del Canal de Panamá

Faltando unos 18 meses para la inauguración del tercer complejo de exclusas, el Canal de Panamá sigue contando con la draga Ellicott “Mindi” fabricada en 1941 para asegurar la finalización de las obras.

dredger-mindi-panama-1La draga “Mindi” se encuentra actualmente operando ininterrumpidamente (24/7) en un área cercana al famoso “Corte Culebra”, con el objetivo de ampliar el radio de un área de giro para las embarcaciones de mayor tamaño que se esperan a partir del 2017.  El CEO del Canal de Panamá, Jorge Quijano, invito a Peter Bowe, CEO de Ellicott a una cena durante la cual comento que “es probable que la draga Mindi cese sus operaciones una vez que el proyecto de expansión termine”. Este dragado es un componente muy importante del proyecto de expansión de más de $5 billones de dólares.

dredger-mindi-panama-2Irónicamente, mientras que la vieja Mindi opera sin contratiempos, una draga más nueva y grande de fabricación europea se encuentra detenida por reparaciones en una zona de mantenimiento de maquinaria del canal.

dredger-mindi-3En la misma área se puede apreciar también una grúa gigante construida por Alemania para la fabricación de submarinos durante la segunda guerra mundial (la misma época en que se construyó Mindi) la cual fue tomada por la marina de los Estados Unidos después de la guerra.  La marina opero esta grúa hasta el año 1998, cuando la vendió al Canal por $1.  La grúa tiene capacidad para 350 toneladas y aún sigue siendo una de las más grandes de este tipo.

dredger-mindi-4Nota final histórica: Durante la licitación organizada por el gobierno de Estados Unidos para la compra de Mindi, Ellicott no fue el postor más barato.  El precio de Ellicott estuvo por encima del de la competencia en aproximadamente 1%, pero fuimos elegidos gracias a nuestro tiempo de fabricación, mucho más corto.  En ese entonces, tanto como ahora, la disponibilidad de dragas es vital!


70+ year old Ellicott Dredge, “MINDI,” works round the clock, 24/7 on Panama Canal expansion

With about 18 months to go before the planned opening of the new third set of locks, the Panama Canal is leaning on its old work horse, the Ellicott dredge “Mindi,” built in 1941!

dredger-mindi-panama-1The “Mindi” is currently working seven days a week near the famed Culebra Cut to widen a turning radius for the new bigger ships expected by 2017. The CEO of the Panama Canal, Jorge Quijano, invited Ellicott CEO Peter Bowe to his house for a special dinner, where he told Bowe, “Maybe we will retire her after the expansion is finished.” This dredging project is an important component in the $5 Billion expansion project.

dredger-mindi-panama-2Ironically at the same moment a newer, bigger, European cutter dredge sits idle nearby in the Panama Canal’s maintenance facility for repairs.

dredger-mindi-3Also in the same vicinity you can see the enormous crane built by Germany for its World War II submarine effort (same time as the “Mindi”!), taken by the US Navy after the war. The Navy operated it for over 50 years before selling it to the Canal for $1 in 1998! This crane has a lifting capacity of 350 tons and is still supposed to be one of the world’s largest of its type.

dredger-mindi-4Final historical note:
Ellicott was not low bidder to the US Government for the “Mindi.” We were high by about 1%, but were evaluated as low bidder due to faster delivery that we offered–then, as now, delivery is valuable!

Eight Ellicott Dredges Prevent Flooding in Veracruz, Mexico


Heavy rains in the state of Veracruz, Mexico between September and October of 2010 led to the overflow of the Jamapa and Cotaxtla rivers. This caused flooding and major damage in the surrounding urban areas, particularly in the municipalities of Medellin and Boca del Rio, south of the city of Veracruz, in the Gulf of Mexico. Facing this situation, the National Water Commission of Mexico (CONAGUA) decided to execute an emergency project for the purpose of cleaning, de-silting and preventing further flooding in those rivers. For this project, which included works in more than 12kms along both rivers, CONAGUA contracted separately several experienced dredging companies.


The project required a total of eight cutter suction dredges.  All the dredges were manufactured by Ellicott Dredges and included:

  • Four (4) dredges model 670, with 14” pump and 800 HP of total installed power
  • Three (3) dredges model 370, with 12” pump and 440 HP of total installed power
  • One (1) dredge model 460SL, with 12” pump, 440 HP of total installed power and “swinging ladder” system.

This was a critical project for multiple reasons as it forced the dredge operators to deal with a number of challenges. The first one was the urgency of the job, in order to prevent another flooding event. It was critical to work with experienced contractors utilizing powerful and efficient dredges. The Jamapa and Cotaxtla rivers have strong currents, which made the dredging operation more difficult and required the use of sturdy equipment. In addition to that, both rivers had considerable amounts of trash and debris, which had to be removed as well. Another challenging aspect of the project had to do with the access to the rivers, which made it very difficult to transport and put the dredges in place.

The dredging was performed following the channel requirements determined by CONAGUA, dredging to depths of up to 5m. The dredging was performed following environmental regulations by the Mexican Environmental Agency (SERMANAT). The dredged material consisted of sand, gravel and clay. This material was placed in designated areas to be utilized later on for various purposes.

In spite of the difficulties, the project’s objectives were successfully met. In 10 months, the dredges removed an approximate total of 2 million cubic meters of silted material from the rivers and created the specified channel. The project’s results have been very positive; a proof of this is that to date, no other flooding events have occurred in this area.


The fact that Ellicott made all the dredges used for this project is no coincidence. With more than 125 years in the industry, Ellicott is the leader in design and fabrication of cutter suction dredges. Ellicott dredges are known for having the highest quality and being the most powerful and durable. Ellicott maintains a permanent stock for most of its dredge models – something that is critical when it comes to emergency projects like this one. In addition, Ellicott maintains a strong presence in the Mexican market through its local representative Makisur S.A., with local field service and spare parts availability.