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News » US » Largest US hopper dredger joins Great Lakes fleet » published 22 Nov 2017

Largest US hopper dredger joins Great Lakes fleet

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation has taken delivery of what it says is the largest hopper dredger in the US market.

The Ellis Island Above: The Ellis Island

The new-build Articulated Tug & Barge (ATB) hopper dredge Ellis Island and tug Douglas B Mackie have joined Great Lakes following completion of United States Coast Guard and American Bureau of Shipping regulatory sea trials.

Dredging division president David Simonelli said: “We are excited to take delivery of this advanced vessel which improves the competitiveness of our hopper group and represents a substantial reinvestment in our fleet. The Ellis Island significantly increases the United States commercial Jones Act hopper fleet capacity as the largest hopper dredge in the United States market, with a carrying capacity of 15,000 cubic yards.”

Chief executive officer Lasse Petterson added: “The Ellis Island is capable of meeting the current and future US Army Corps of Engineers’, State and U.S. Ports’ deepening, coastal protection, coastal restoration and maintenance dredging infrastructure demands. The Ellis Island‘s haul capacity and dredging systems will yield more efficient and faster project execution.”

Great Lakes has been performing US Coast Guard emergency crew drills this week and expects to receive the certificates of inspection shortly. The Ellis Island and Douglas B Mackie will then leave Panama City in Florida for the Mississippi Coastal Improvement Program.



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This article was published on 22 Nov 2017 (last updated on 22 Nov 2017).

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