Ellicott Wins Government Contract

Barnstable County

Ellicott’s new Bay Dragon series dredge

Ellicott designed a new dredge – the 14” Bay Dragon – for Barnstable County, Massachusetts. The Bay Dragon® series is a modernized line of Ellicott’s 10-20” portable cutter suction dredges. This dredge will be used to maintain small harbors and inlets with beneficial reuse of the sand for beach restoration. It is a step up from their smaller Ellicott dredge, a Series 670 model named the “COD FISH,” which Barnstable has reliably operated for over 20 years.

Barnstable requested several customized features, including an integrated spud carriage, which allows for better positioning and therefore more precise and efficient cutting. Additionally, the dredge has a raked bow and tow points, which allow for convenient low-drag towing. The dredge is capable of being lifted once fully assembled, and was customized for Barnstable’s crane to allow the dredge to be launched by crane rather than a slipway.

14” Bay Dragon Series Specs
Total Installed Power 850 HP (640 kW)
Cutter Power 100 HP (75 kW)
Pump Power 700 HP (520 kW)
Pump Diameter 14” (355 mm)
Max. Digging Depth 40 ft. (12 m)

Other new features of the Bay Dragon Series include:

  • Tier 3 compliant marine engine
  • Inline drive train with a marine transmission
  • A new hydraulic system, designed in-house, that reduces power and fuel consumption by approximately 10% and increases operating efficiency by 20%
  • Modern electric over hydraulic control system using Parker IQAN for increased reliability
  • Easy-to-use joystick controls mounted in the operator’s control chair