We are the worlds oldest and most extensive builder of cutter suction dredges. Also, we consider ourselves dredging experts, restoration consultants, and environmental specialists. We take every precautionary measure to protect our vessels from damage.
After all maintaining the depth of waterways, whether private or public, is vital to ensure that vessels such as small boats and large ships can move freely in and out of ports, harbors, and waterways without fear.
Coincidentally as an environmentally conscious restoration dredging leader, it’s our goal to keep our ports, harbors, and waterways clean and free from debris that’s harmful not only to the environment but our waterways as well. In fact, keeping a port, harbor, river, marina or canal free of hazardous materials benefits to commerce and our ecosystems.
Our product line includes several types of dredges and trash skimmers that were designed to help keep our harbors safe and clean. We have built all kinds of dredges ranging from Versi- Dredges, Jet & Cutter Suction Dredges, Portable Cutterhead Dredges, and Multi-Function Dredges (MFD) that have been designed to handle any challenging waterway or port.
As a dredging expert, we specialize in the marina, port, lake, beach, marsh, and wetland restorations.
Keeping the approach channels to a port open or creating a new facility can benefit the local economy on many levels. Canals are vital for drainage, navigation, irrigation, and power projects around the globe.
Our Mud Cat brand is recognized around the world as the inventor of the horizontal auger maintenance / environmental dredging system. Today there are 1,000 Mud Cat (and LWT) units in operation around the globe.
Our family of dredges are used in a variety of capacities including, rivers, lakes, canals, marinas, ports, beach fronts and channels.
River dredging is the most common utilization for cutter dredge equipment. River projects vary in purpose and EDE offers dredges of all sizes for these situations.
River dredging projects work to maintain channel depth, flood mitigation, the removal of contaminated materials, navigation channel deepening, and environmental dredging.
Communities that surround the natural flow of a river are susceptible to annual flooding during the rainy season. If a river is not properly maintained then silt, sand and debris can accumulate and form a bottleneck.
If a significant rain event occurs a bottleneck will restrict flow and the river will rise above its banks and flood local businesses and dwellings.
The EDE one truck transportable design allows municipal governments and contractors to quickly deploy the dredge to a trouble spot and open it up to maintain proper depth and hydraulic flow. The dredge can then easily be removed by a single crane and stored off-site until it is needed again.
In natural and man-made lakes, eroding sediment can build up and cause depth and water quality issues. Buildup can affect recreational activities and aquatic life. Industrial runoff can further contaminate the water.
Our dredges have been used to maintain lake depths and for contaminated material cleanup. Lake dredging is increasing in demand around the globe as cities restore inland lakes for tourism and developers build on every square foot of shoreline.
Without routine maintenance dredging, lake properties decline significantly in value as access to docks diminishes, and clear water becomes murky.
As silt and nutrients overtake a lake, the result can be massive vegetation, and algae build up – eventually leading to a state of eutrophication and death of the local fish population due to hypoxia or lack of oxygen.
Dredging can prevent eutrophication and can also reverse the process in most cases.
Keeping the approach channels to a port open or creating a new facility can benefit the local economy on many levels. Regular dredging ensures that ships can move freely in and out of these passages without fear.
The accumulation of silt, sand, and other sediments leads to ships running aground, damaged hulls, navigation issues. Dredging projects work to maintain channel depth, flood mitigation, and the removal of contaminated materials.
Maintaining the depth of a marina, whether private or public, is vital in protecting all boats from damage. Regular dredging ensures that boaters can move free freely in and out of their slips.
If you are not frequently maintaining your marina you could potentially lose business. Keeping a marina clear can also benefit business and ecosystems upstream where dredging is taking place. The accumulation of silt, sand, and other sediments in marinas leads to boats running aground, damaged hulls, and navigation issues.
Periodic dredging of a marina is crucial for several reasons:
• Allows you to plan for cost and short-term slip closings during the dredging process;
• Reduction of problems removing the sediment disposal;
• Offers your customers open-ended access to the marina;
• Protects marine life and improves water quality.