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.

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

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