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“Why do you think Baltimore was so successful as a port?” asks Burt Kummerow, president of the Maryland Historical Society. Its location along the Chesapeake Bay? Its moderate climate? “No,” says Kummerow. “It was because of the immortal mud machine.” Huh? Ah, the immortal mud machine. Like many East Coast harbors, Baltimore’s had–and still has– major issues with silt building up. Lucky for us, we had a key advantage: the dredge was invented right here. Flour merchants John and Andrew Ellicott, whose ships required deep ports to transport their cargo, are generally credited with being the first to employ a...
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A Win-Win for Boaters and the Bays by Bartholomew Wilson, Science Coordinator Recycling is not just something residents of the Inland Bays can do at home. An innovative recycling project is underway on the Inland Bays. The CIB has partnered with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) to recycle sediments dredged from channels to build up the tidal marshes of the Inland Bays. In a cooperative effort to eliminate the need for new dredge spoil sites and demonstrate the potential of using this material to mitigate the effects of marsh subsidence and sea level rise, DNREC...
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An ambitious project to salvage Kashmir’s lifeline river Jhelum has started to yield positive results with the Jammu and Kashmir government maintaining that the flood threat triggered by recent incessant rains subsided due to ongoing conservation measures in the river in north Kashmir. Jhelum which is a main source of irrigation in the Valley has been marred by extensive siltation in last few decades. In absence of any conservation measures, the river had lost its carrying capacity and led to blockage of its lone outflow channel in Baramulla, posing a risk of floods in the Valley. After decades of inordinate...
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‘Govt Working On Comprehensive Flood Protection Project’ Baramulla, Mar 24: Highlighting the necessity of preparedness to tackle eventualities and calamities, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday said that floods have always been cause of threat to the life and property in the State. He said that the phenomenon of flood cycles witnessed in the State after regular intervals calls for all the more focused attention for required measures. “We should be amply prepared and alert to the threats of heavy floods so that we are not caught unaware at the time of emergency”, he added while addressing a function after inaugurating...
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Two state-of-the-art dredgers manufactured in the United States have been successfully tested in the river Jhelum, clearing decks for launching conservation project of the valley’s lifeline which has been marred by extensive silt and pollution in last few decades. Officials said the Jhelum Conservation Project will be launched by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah from north Kashmir’s Baramulla district later this month. The two dredgers have been manufactured by US-based Ellicott Dredges—one of the oldest manufacturers of dredging equipments. Incidentally, Ellicott Dredges had supplied the first dredger for conservation of Jhelum in 1960. The dredger was commissioned by the then Prime Minister...
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Improvement and development of a minor river in the Minor Ports in India, which will significantly affect the nation’s overall economic progress is to be carried out by several Ellicott dredges. Two of these units, 12-inch hydraulic pipeline models of Ellicott’s portable “DRAGON” class, have been purchased by the Jammu and Kashmir government.  They are to be applied to a flood control project on the Jehlum River. This waterway, which flows through the Srinigar Valley in Kashmir, floods adjacent agricultural areas each year, washing out important crops and rendering many people homeless.  The flooding is caused by the raising, over...
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Srinagar, Nov 29: In its endeavour to boost the restoration of Jhelum- the lifeline of Kashmir- the State Government has started the process to procure state-of-the-art machines from the United States. Officials said the decision to procure the machines was taken after the Government of India recently sanctioned Rs 97 crores for Jhelum conservation. The Government has placed orders with the Ellicott Dredges— one of the oldest and successful dredging companies based in US, which has been supplying dredging equipment worldwide for past over 125 years. The Irrigation and Flood Control Department had last year sent Rs 2000 crore project...
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For Immediate Release Nov. 10, 2010 During President Obama’s historic visit to India last week the White House announced a new sale to India of two dredgers by Ellicott Dredges, LLC of Baltimore, Maryland.  See the White House Press Release here.  Ellicott was included in the White House’s announcement along with other leading American companies such as Boeing, General Electric, Harley-Davidson, Bell Helicopter, and Bucyrus. Maharashtra Maritime Board will be using two Series 370 HP Dragon™ Cutterhead Dredges, the most popular cutter dredge ever built, to maintain fishing ports and various tributaries in the State of Maharashtra, in western India. ...
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