Ellicott Dredges, the leading portable dredge equipment manufacturer with over 130 years of experience recently finished building a Series 370 HP “Dragon®” dredge for a customer in West Africa. The customer is using the small 250mm cutterhead dredge for sand mining purposes.
The customer trust our team to build their dredge for 3 three simple reasons. 1. As a leading dredging company, we have a reputation for making durable dredges that are built to last. 2. The 370 HP is a small dredge that is simple to operate and easy to maintain even for the first- time dredge owner. 3. Finally, this 370 “Dragon” Dredge is vintage dredge that possesses a maximum digging depth of 50 ft. (15.2 m)
A local team of trained Ellicott Dredges technicians where on site to help assemble the “Dragon®” dredge. The technicians also offered instructional dredge training. The training is designed to help the customer’s crew learn to operate and care for the dredge in a remote tropical environment.
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.