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Ellicott® Develops New Dual Function Dredge; US Government Initial Buyer

For Immediate Release
8 July 2010

The Bureau of Reclamation of the US Department of Interior has selected Ellicott® Dredges’ newest and most versatile dredge, the 860SL, to maintain settling basins on the lower Colorado River near Yuma, Arizona. The dredge will use biodegradable oil, an engine certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and a fully self-contained system environmentally sound for water, air, and noise pollution.

dual function dredger

Series 860SL
 Swinging Dragon® Dredge
Anchor booms,  pump, stern crane and navigation mast not shown for clarity.

This dredge is operable in a wide range of conditions from cold to hot climates, narrow creeks or channels, as a swinging ladder dredge, or in open water in conventional swing mode.

Some highlights of this state-of-the-art Ellicott® 860SL dredger include: 

The contract has a value of over $3mm, and will be completed in 2011. Along with the dredge, Ellicott® will be supplying two boosters, 20,000 ft. of pipeline, and a dredge tender.

The Bureau of Reclamation is responsible for scheduling Colorado River water deliveries in Arizona, California, and Mexico serving over 750,000 people and more than 1 million acres of commercial agriculture. It manages the Colorado River from Davis Dam at the Nevada-Arizona border to the US border with Mexico.

“Removal of accumulated sediment from the lower stretches of the Colorado River is an ever present issue and challenge,” said Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor. “Keeping the channel clear of accumulated sediment through regular dredging operations will enhance Reclamation’s ability to provide irrigators along the All-American and Gila Gravity Main canals with reliable water supplies.”

Watch ESCN’s webcast coverage of the 860SL at

For more info, contact Robin Manning at (410) 545-0232 or [email protected].

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