Volvo Amphibious Excavator Shaping the Poplar Island

Maryland Environmental Service is using a Volvo EC300E amphibious excavator to restore Poplar Island, a once diminishing remote island habitat in the Chesapeake Bay, North America.

Poplar Island, located 34 miles south of Baltimore, Maryland, is a national model of environmental restoration made up of the Army Corps Baltimore District and Maryland Department of Transportation’s Port Administration (MPA).

For nearly two decades, the the Poplar Island Project Team has used dredged material from the shipping channels that lead to the Port of Baltimore to rebuild the island and keep the channels open.

The island receives between 2 to 3 million cubic yards of dredged material per year. It has received more than 30 million yd3 to date and will need 68 million yd3 in total.

In 2016, MES purchased a new Volvo EC300E excavator from local Volvo dealership that was modified to replace the standard crawler tracks with custom flotation pads. MES now has almost 40 machines operating on the island, seven of them are Volvos.

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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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