Dredge Jadwin wraps up busy 2022 season

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District’s Dredge Jadwin and its crew returned to the Vicksburg Harbor yesterday morning completing the 2022 dredging season.

After departing May 10, 2022, the dustpan dredge spent 254 days on the water and relocated 6.2 million cubic yards of material from the Mississippi River. A normal dredging season lasts approximately 160 days.

Due to extreme low water events on the Mississippi River, the 89-year-old Jadwin also supported USACE St. Paul, St. Louis, Memphis, New Orleans and Little Rock districts.

“Dredging is an essential mission to ensure safe and reliable navigation for our nation,” USACE Vicksburg District Commander Col. Christopher Klein said. “We’re incredibly appreciative of the Jadwin crew and their months of dedication and service through the most recent Mississippi River low water event. They answered the call and are heroes of the waterways.”

First launched in 1933, The Jadwin is a 274-foot, 2400 horse-powered dustpan type of dredge that is capable of dredging as deep as 68 feet. She has a height of four stories and performs dredging duties on the Mississippi River and its ports along the river from May to December, when required.

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