Barnstable County New Dredger Ready for Testing

Final modifications are being made to the Barnstable County’s new $2 million dredging vessel, CapeCod.com reports. 

The 14” Bay Dragon dredger, being built by Baltimore based Ellicott Dredge, missed its contracted delivery date due to issues with onboard electronics and hydraulics.

While providing an update to Barnstable County Commissioners recently, Barnstable County Facilities Director, Stephen Tebo, said that the new hydraulic systems are all working and manual overrides were also installed.

According to CapeCod.com, adequate testing of the new dredger, named Sand Shifter, may not be able to be completed until later this month or early in February due to dredging locations being iced over.

The Sand Shifter was frozen in the Bass River last week and the plan is to move it to Provincetown as soon as possible, because that is where the next project is scheduled.

Replacing the Codfish dredger

The Bay Dragon series is a modernized line of Ellicott’s 10-20” portable cutter suction dredgers.

This dredger 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 dredger, a Series 670 model named the Codfish, which the Barnstable County has reliably operated for over 20 years.

The county requested several customized features, including an integrated spud carriage, which allows for better positioning and therefore more precise and efficient cutting.

The Codfish dredger

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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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