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In 2017, a petrochemical customer approached Ellicott Dredges about building a customized electric Bucketwheel dredge. The customized dredge had to be designed to withstand desert-like conditions.  The customer chose Ellicott Dredges based upon Ellicott’s experience and reputation for designing and building dredges to work in difficult and challenging environments. Discovering the Solution to a Challenging Problem The most significant challenge facing the team from Ellicott was the ability to transport a 1MM lb. (453,592.3 kg) dredge halfway around the world. During the beginning stages of the project, a team from Ellicott’s Major Projects division sprang into action and discovered a...
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Ellicott Dredges Hosts EGENCO Dredge Training 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...
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Tilghman Island Rich History Tilghman Island is nestled in the heart of Talbot County, Maryland. Formerly referred to as the “Great Choptank Island,” the island is only 3 miles long (4.83 kms) and a 1 mile (1.60 kms) wide.  According to historians, the first English settlers arrived over 360 years ago in 1656. During the early 19th century, two parcels of land were sold to a group of oysterman. The group wanted the land for its close proximity to the prime harvesting grounds that surround Tilghman Island.  Today, over 1,000 thousand residents live on the island. A majority of the...
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Residents of Barnstable County, Massachusetts waited patiently for the newly minted Sand Shifter Dredge to arrive.  Well their wait is finally over. The brand new $2 million dredge built by Ellicott Dredges of Maryland has finally reached Falmouth Harbor. Everyone is really excited about the project. In fact, harbor officials are ready to unveil their brand new aquatic masterpiece to the general public. The Sand Shifter to Undergo One Final Test A team of representatives from Ellicott Dredges are performing preliminary tests this week.  Our team is working around the clock to make sure that everything is in working  order...
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The Initial Project At one time, over 4 million gallons (1,514 million liters) of toxic semi-treated sewage flowed into Palm Bay Florida’s Turkey Creek. As a result, Turkey Creek contained extremely high levels of harmful toxins and nutrients. During the spring of 2017, the team from Gator Dredging spent most of their time focused on cleaning up the mess that once occupied Turkey Creek, removing over 236,000 yd3 (180,435 m3) of muck, nitrogen, and phosphorus contamination. The Right Kind of Equipment When working on a project the size of Turkey Creek, you need the right kind of equipment. For this...
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Superior Dredging of Illinois has announced that their Fall 2017 dredge projects on Jimmerson Lake, Indiana, are underway. The work, conducted by their brand new Ellicott Swinging Dragon® dredge “JENNY-KAY”, started at Site 1 by the dam on West Bachelor Road last week. It will continue its work on the channel towards the east. This area is expected to take 3 weeks to complete. From there, work will move down to the south end of the lake for three separate projects. Next up, will be the nearly silted in channel along Lane 101D referred to as Site 8. From there, the...
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The Barnstable County Dredge Program has launched a campaign giving the public the opportunity to pick the name of their newest dredge. The Ellicott vessel is currently under construction in Baltimore, Maryland and is expected to make its way to the cape sometime next month. Interim Assistant County Administrator Stephen Tebo explained the decision. “We figured we would bring it back to the residents of Barnstable County to have a fun campaign to see if we can name, and rather than just have us pick a name for it we figured it would be good bring some awareness of what...
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OHIO, USA – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) recently finished the 2016 dredging season, having removed more than 1 million cubic yards (apprx. 765,000 m3) of dredged material from state park lakes and other state properties. The State’s dredge fleet consists primarily of Ellicott Model 460SL swinging ladder dredges. The 1 million cubic yards of sediment is the most that has ever been removed in the history of the state’s dredging program. ODNR Director, James Zehringer, attributes ODNR’s dredging success to the dedicated staff and the strategic use of available resources, which serves to improve boater access and...
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On July 14, Ellicott hosted a field trip for Baltimore City middle school students in conjunction with Morgan State University’s summer program, which introduces young students to computer aided design (CAD). Associate Professor J. Kemi Ladeji-Osias, Ph.D., Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and her colleague LaDawn Partlow, visited Ellicott along with student mentors as part of the Verizon Innovative Learning Program for Minority Males. Paul Quinn, VP Sales, introduced the students to dredges, explaining what they do and how they operate. The presentation and brief video enabled the students to later identify parts of the dredge, such as the...
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Ellicott parent Markel Corporation moves up on Fortune 500 list The $1,000 stock club just welcomed another member. On the heels of Amazon.com and Alphabet passing the $1,000 mark, a far-less prominent company called Markel just crossed the threshold too. It hit a new all-time high of $1,000.06 early in Monday trading. For the year, Markel’s stock is up about 11%. According to the latest list of Fortune 500 largest US companies, just published, Markel has moved up from #486 to #460. Key achievements were revenues of $5.6 billion and market capitalization up to $13.6 billion as of March 31, 2017. The holding company primarily sells...
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