Weeks Marine, Inc. orders advanced new dredge
Dredging projects are often expensive, and so are the dredges themselves. Weeks Marine, Inc., one of the largest dredging companies in the United States, just purchased a new one for $60 million.
The 30-inch hydraulic cutter suction dredge, named the JS Chatry after the Senior Vice President of Weeks’ dredging division, J. Steven Chatry, is currently under construction at C&C Marine and Repair in Belle Chase, Louisiana. It is to be 310 feet long and 72 feet wide, with more than 20,000 horsepower. The cutterhead itself will exert 3,000 horsepower. The JS Chatry will be able to comfortably house 52 people.
In addition to these impressive specs, Weeks Marine, Inc. says that the JS Chatry will be the most advanced U.S. vessel in its category, and is designed specifically for conditions found offshore from the U.S. coast. It will help Weeks meet the increased demand caused by Louisiana’s coastal restoration program.
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