DMC Building Five Dredges for Iraq
DMC workers are fabricating the five dredges concurrently at the company’s facility in Millersville, Tennessee. Four of the hulls are pictured in various stages of completion.
The dredges are DMC Model MD-1033-CS, standard duty, with Metso/Thomas 14 x 12 Series L36 dredge pumps, powered by 750-horsepower Caterpillar Model 3412-C diesel engines.
The dimensions of the dredges are 60 feet by 22 feet by 5 feet, with 47-foot cutter ladders. The DMC HydraDrive cutter systems are rated at 90 horsepower each.
Each dredge will have five planetary drive hydraulic winches for hauling/hoisting, with the two 16-inch-diameter spuds raised and lowered by independent double-acting hydraulic cylinders. The dredges are also equipped with anchor booms and 25 KVA diesel-powered generators.
Other items are stern swivels, complete sets of tools for maintenance, full lighting inside and out, fire fighting equipment and lifesaving equipment.
The order was arranged by Jordan Modern Industries company, Ltd. Of Amman-Jordan, who did not announce the name of the customer.
DMC President Don King noted that when he was with Dixie Dredge and AMMCO (American Marine and Machinery Company) in past years, he supplied similar dredges to the Iraq Ministry of Irrigation for maintaining the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers and the country’s system of large irrigation canals. He estimated that the Iraqi government had purchased dozens of dredges for this purpose, many of which might have been casualties in the ongoing war, creating an immediate need for more dredges.