U.S. Department of Interior’s New Model 860SL Dredger Now Operating

New Model 860SL Dredger

The Bureau of Reclamation of the U.S. Department of Interior (Burec) has a new Ellicott dredge.

The Bureau’s most versatile dredge, the 860SL , is being used to maintain settling basins on the lower Colorado River near Yuma, Arizona. The dredge has 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.

It is operable in a wide range of conditions from cold to hot climates, in 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:

• Capable of operating in either Swinging Ladder or Conventional dredge mode

• 800 HP (600 KW) Caterpillar C27 diesel engine

• 14″x14″ (350 mm X 356 mm) Ellicott® Pump

• 30 ft. (9 m) Digging Depth dredging

• Ergonomic electronic controls and automation system in the large operator’s cab

• Full dredge position monitoring system

• Remote booster, controlled directly from the dredge operator’s cab.

• Anchor Booms for self reset of anchors increasing dredge efficiency

• Spud carriage increasing dredge efficiency.

This dredge for Burec marks the 5th consecutive Ellicott dredge, dating back over 50 years, that the agency has chosen for its dredge needs.


Dredging Today Staff, June 6, 2012; Image: dredge