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USACE Wheeler


International Radio Call Sign:
Alpha - Echo - Quebec - Zulu
AEQZ
Self-propelled Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge:
  • Built in 1980-81 at Avondale Shipyard, New Orleans LA
  • Launched, 18 February 1981
  • Commissioned and placed in service by the US Army Corps of Engineers, as USACE Wheeler, 17 September in 1982
  • Assigned to the US Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District
  • Wheeler keeps channels clear along the Gulf of Mexico Coast from Key West, Fl., to Brownsville, TX. She spends most of her time in the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River
  • Wheeler is kept in Ready Reserve Status, capable of responding to an urge dredging requirement in three days
  • Current Disposition, active in ready reserve status
    Specifications:
    Displacement 10,164 t.(lt) 19,031 t.(fl)
    Length 408'3"
    Beam 78'
    Height keel to top of mast 156 ft
    Hull Depth 36'
    Draft 29'6' loaded
    Speed unknown
    Range 14.4 kts
    Complement 38 mariners divided into two alternating crews, two weeks on /two weeks off, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    Fuel Capacity unknown
    Propulsion
    two main propulsion 19,400 total hp
    two 800 hp diesel bowthrusters
    two controllable pitch propellers
    Full Load Capacity 8,256 cubic yds
    Dredging Machinery
    Drag arms, two oversize @28" diameter, one centerwell @42" diameter

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    302617701
    76k USACE Wheeler at anchor near the mouth of the Mississippi River, date unknown
    US Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District
    John Spivey
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    302617702
    207k USACE Wheeler underway near New Orleans, 18 April 2021.
    US Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District photo # 210428-A-QA756-0012, by Sarah Davis
     
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    302617703
    114k USACE Wheeler moored in her berth, 18 April 2021, at New Orleans
    US Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District photo # 210428-A-QA756-0006, by Sarah Davis
     
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    302617704
    47k USACE Wheeler moored, circa 1981 at New Orleans
    US Army Corps of Engineers Digital Library
     
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    302617705
    71k USACE Wheeler port side drag-arm while moored, circa 1981 at New Orleans
    US Army Corps of Engineers Digital Library
     

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