Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD) last week hosted visitors from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), SC Aquarium and other Charleston environmental stakeholders Deepening aboard their trailing suction hopper dredge (TSHD) Ellis Island.
“While giving our visitors an overview of our operations and the proactive steps we take to protect endangered species, we were able to learn more from our guests about the habits and behaviors of the Atlantic Nosed Sturgeon. short, sea turtles and right whales. This collaboration strengthens our ability to advance our shared interest in improving the technology and processes used to protect these animals,” the company said in its latest announcement.
During the tour, GLDD Project Manager Dave Johanson explained how GLDD’s dragheads are designed to interact with the seabed in a way that protects local animals.
According to SC Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome, a 52-foot-deep port will accommodate 19,000 vessels of twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) pulling 50 feet or more without restrictions of navigation or tide.