The Maritime Administration Department is employing its 30-year-old suction hopper dredge Steve N to dredge the shallow points of the Essequibo River particularly around Chalmers Crossing. Dredging began on September 17 and was expected to be completed by the end of October. The project will especially aid the transit of government ferry vessels operating between Parika and Supenaam/Wakenaam. After the completion of the project on the Essequibo the Steve N will return to its normal maintenance work on the Demerara River. The Steve N was dry-docked for repair in 2011 and was out of commission for over a year.