New Dredging Unit Being Built For Use On Tenn-Tom

DredgeMasters International, Inc., Hendersonville, Tenn., a subsidiary of Valley Industries, has signed a contract for the manufacture of a 24-inch DuraMaster portable dredge. The heavy-duty machine, which will be the largest factory-built portable dredge in the U.S., is a part of a ^ - m i l - lion-plus package purchased by Phillips and Jordan Construction Company, Knoxville, Tenn.

The first major project for the dredge will be a four and one-half mile section of the Tennessee- Tombigbee Waterway near Aberdine, Miss. It will involve excavating and moving approximately 8.5-million cubic yards of material on the historic waterway.

The new dredge will feature a 3,600-hp EMD, 20-cylinder engine, with Cummins diesel auxiliary power and ac generating systems. The main pump will be a DMI HydraMaster model HDM- 80-28x24, with a 28-inch suction and a 24-inch discharge. It will be fitted with a 70-foot ladder section, capable of digging to depths of 50 feet. It will have a 900-hp cutter and be capable of producing in excess of 1,000 cubic yards of material per operating hour. Delivery is scheduled for November 1981.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 60,  Oct 1981 Virginia

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