Weeks Marine Inc. (WMI), Cranford, N.J., and Eastern Shipbuilding Group Inc. (ESG), Panama City, Fla., signed a contract in March to complete the construction of the trailing suction hopper dredge Magdalen.

The 356’ dredge will be built at Eastern’s Allanton, Fla., facility. The design and detailed engineering and the dredging equipment are being provided by Dredge Technology Corporation (DTC), part of the IHC Merwede International Group. Initially, the vessel was to be built by BAE Systems Southeast Shipyard, Mobile, Ala., where the keel was laid in 2012. The new schedule calls for delivery in 2017. 

 Here are the Magdalen's specifications:

Dimensions (Overall): 356’x79’6”’x27’-3”
Horsepower: (2) 5,682 BHP
Main Engine: (2) GE 16V250
Main Shaft Generator: (2) 3,400 kW
Auxiliary Generator: (1) GE 6L250 (1,423 kW)
Emergency Generator: (1) Caterpillar C18 (600 kW)
Classification: Lloyd’s Register, 100A1 Hopper Dredger,
Flag & Regulatory: USA, USCG
Hopper Capacity: 8,550 yd³
LD Dredge Pump Power: (2) @ 1,600 kW
HD Dredge Pump Power: (1) @ 1,600 kW
Jet Pump Power: (2) @ 445 kW
Bowthruster: (1) 730kW VFD Fixed Pitch Tunnel Unit

Founded in 1919, WMI owns and operates a diversified fleet of dredging and support equipment capable of performing the most complex and demanding dredging projects. WMI is one of the largest marine and tunneling contractors in the U.S. and Canada. 

David Krapf has been editor of WorkBoat, the nation’s leading trade magazine for the inland and coastal waterways industry, since 1999. He is responsible for overseeing the editorial direction of the publication. Krapf has been in the publishing industry since 1987, beginning as a reporter and editor with daily and weekly newspapers in the Houston area. He also was the editor of a transportation industry daily in New Orleans before joining WorkBoat as a contributing editor in 1992. He has been covering the transportation industry since 1989, and has a degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Oswego, and also studied journalism at the University of Houston.