Eddy Pump’s Sub-­Dredge Redefines the Industry

Underwater gold mining for a long time has been a very labor intensive and often low yielding process. Divers are often put into freezing cold and often dangerous waters in order to dredge gold rich sands to make their fortunes.

Currently the biggest issues stem from the ability to operate at depths of greater than 25 feet, the dependency on divers and the inefficiency of pumps.

Recently Eddy Pump Corporation out of El Cajon, CA was asked to come out to Nome, Alaska in order to showcase its gold mining solution. Eddy Pump stepped up to the challenge by sending out the Sub-­Dredge!

This remote-­operated submersible dredge shatters all pre-­existing issues and restrictions that currently plague the industry. The dredge can operate at depths exceeding 125 feet while safely being controlled by an operator at the surface.

The utilization of high-­powered lights, cameras and acoustical positioning, allows the operator the ability to precisely maneuver and operate the dredge with the utmost accuracy. The core of this technology is the patented Eddy Pump technology that redefines the pumping industry, by being the only pump that utilizes the principles of a tornado to create a synchronized eddy current.

This pump is not a centrifugal, positive displacement or vortex pump, but instead the most highly efficient high solids and high specific gravity pump on the market. This translates to the ability to pump higher percent solids of material and capture the heavy specific gravity gold.

After four weeks of operation under the 5-­foot thick ice of Nome, Alaska, the Sub-­Dredge can truly be seen as the new wave of the future in underwater gold mining.

 

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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