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Weeks Marine’s Hopper Dredge Magdalen “The single largest investment in Weeks’ 99-year history” Richard S. Weeks, President

Weeks Marine’s new self-propelled hopper dredge, dent, Richard S. Weeks.

Magdalen, was delivered by Eastern Shipbuilding on The Jones Act dredge Magdalen is dedicated to the

December 22 following sea trials and regulatory in- domestic marketplace and was designed speci? cally for spections. The newbuild is one of the two newest, and the conditions found in the U.S among the largest hopper dredges in the U.S., and will “Weeks works hard to identify and understand grow- bring formidable pumping power to of? oad beach qual- ing markets in the U.S. and is constantly evaluating new ity sand or other materials for land reclamation. opportunities to meet new demand,” said Eric Ellefsen,

On December 28, the new dredger sailed from East- Weeks’ Executive Vice President. “We are particularly ern’s Allanton facility in Panama City, Fla. on her maid- attentive to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ pro- en voyage to the East Coast. gram, and have been pleased by the strong growth in “The Magdalen arrived [January 2] in Southport, our second home, Louisiana, as the State ? ghts coastal

N.C., and is bringing on supplies and crew before going erosion and the loss of valuable wildlife habitat.” to work on one of the State’s most critical projects: the Weeks said the introduction of Magdalen effectively protection of Highway 12 in the Buxton area on North doubles its hopper dredging capacity, joining the com-

Carolina’s Outer Banks,” said Weeks’ Senior Vice Pres- pany’s workhorse hopper dredges RN Weeks and BE ident, Dredging Division, J. Stephen Chatry. Lindholm, whose combined hopper capacity is less than “As the single largest investment in Weeks’ 99-year that of the new dredge.

history, I am pleased that the Magdalen’s ? rst project Magdalen will be crewed by members of the Interna- will be ? nishing up a vital project to North Carolina and tional Union of Masters, Mates and Pilots (34 perma- to visitors from around the world,” said Weeks’ Presi- nent seafaring jobs).

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