The Bureau of Reclamation of the US Department of Interior has selected Ellicott Dredges' newest and most versatile dredge, the 860SL, to maintain settling basins on the lower Colorado River near Yuma, Arizona. The dredge will use 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.
This dredge is operable in a wide range of conditions from cold to hot climates, narrow creeks or channels, as a swinging ladder dredge, or in open water in conventional swing mode. Some highlights of 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) 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