DSC Dredge, LLC won a bid for a new, non-propelled, cutter suction head dredge solicited by The Marine Design Center (MDC) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. When completed, the new cutter suction head dredge will operate out of Astara, Azerbaijan, to maintain the harbor depth and harbor entrance. The U.S. government is purchasing this dredge for the country of Azerbaijan as a part of Azerbaijan’s support of the U.S. in anti-terrorism efforts. Azerbaijan is a neighboring country of Iran and maintaining a functioning Coast Guard station is vital in the Coast Guard’s effort to patrol the Caspian Sea as a safeguard against terrorist activities.
The acquired dredge is based on its 10-inch Wolverine Class dredge but will receive design modifications to meet the Client’s specifications.
The project will be handled in three (3) phases.
- In phase one, the government will review the dredge design and confirm it complies with the requirements.
- In phase two, as DSC manufacture the vessel, it will demonstrate its performance through testing at its Greenbush facility.
- In phase three, DSC reassembles and reactivates the dredge at its final destination site in Azerbaijan.