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USACE Dredge Currituck (II)

Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge, Split Hull:
  • Built in 1974 by Barber Boat Works, New Bern, N.C.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered and placed in service, date unknown
  • Converted to a dredge at US Army Engineers Yard, Eagle Island, N.C. in 1977
  • Active
    Displacement 484 t. (gross)
    Length 150'
    Beam 26'
    Depth 9'
    Draft 7'
    Speed 10 kts (loaded)
    Range unknown
    Capacity unknown
    Hopper Volume 239 m³
    Dredging Depth 6 m
    Suction pipe Diameter 0.25 m
    Number of Dredging Pipes 1
    Fuel Capacity unknown
    Propulsion Diesel
    Total Power 235 kW
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    57k USACE Currituck (II) underway off Virginia Beach, VA., date unknown.
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Digital Library
    105k USACE Dredge Currituck (II) underway, location unknown, circa 1977.
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Digital Library
    43k USACE Dredge Currituck (II) bow on view of spilt hull dumping dredged material at sea, date and location unknown.
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Digital Library
    242k USACE Dredge Currituck (II) in Rudee Inlet, 29 January 2012, to dredge within the federal navigation channel. Currituck dredged the shoaling across the channel to maintain the channel depth at 10-feet. The shoal had caused depths as shallow as seven feet in some areas. Currituck, one of the Corps' dredges, is a highly utilized resource throughout coastal projects along the East Coast. During this project, approximately 25,000 cubic yards was dredged. The Wilmington, NC-based Currituck will return to Virginia in April to dredge anticipated shoaling in the channel. Rudee Inlet is considered an extremely dynamic tidal inlet and requires regular maintenance dredging.
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Photo # 051213-A-OI229-002,by Patrick Bloodgood
    Tommy Trampp
    253k Shallow draft, special purpose vessel USACE Currituck (II) is homeported in Wilmington, N.C., but it spends most of its time helping fellow USACE districts from Maine to Florida. Here she is removing material from the federal channel in the harbor at Ocean City, MD., 10 April 2011 That material is then taken in this split hull dredge to the National Park Service's Assateague Island National Seashore to replace material that naturally erodes away. Because of its unique capabilities as a shallow draft vessel Currituck can deposit the material in six feet of water. This gives the beach a more natural look, and eliminates the need for pipeline dredging which disturbs various species of protected wildlife.
    US Army Corp of Engineers Photo # 110410-A-IM544-001 by Hank Heusinkveld
    Tommy Trampp
    389k USACE Currituck (II) takes a full load of material dredged from the harbor at Ocean City, MD. to the shore of Assateague Island. The Currituck's shallow draft capabilities allow it to unload material in six of water. This creates a more natural look along the shoreline and helps to reduce erosion
    US Army Corp of Engineers Photo # 110410-A-IM544-004 by Hank Heusinkveld
    Tommy Trampp
    315k USACE Currituck's Captain, Martin Willis, prepares to drop one drag arm into Bennett’s Creek, Suffolk, VA., to start dredging 23 April 2013. Operating much like a giant vacuum cleaner, the vessel's drag arms hang from each side and are lowered into the channel. Each drag arms sucks a water and sand mixture, known as slurry, from the channel bottom. The slurry then passes through the drag heads and pipelines into the hopper the dredge. Currituck arrived at Bennett’s Creek 20 April 2013 to remove approximately 4,000 cubic yards of sand to increase the channel depth from 2 feet to 6 feet
    US Army Corp of Engineers Photo # by Pamela K Spaugy
    Tommy Trampp
    107k USACE Dredge Currituck (II) in Bennett’s Creek, 24 April 2013, to remove shoaling in the federal navigation channel. The Wilmington, N.C.-based dredge will remove 4,000 cubic yards of sand -- the result of shoaling caused by natural transport and deposit of sediment. The shoaling, which was exacerbated by Hurricane Sandy, presents both safety and economic impacts for the maritime industry and nation. The dredging will increase the depth from 2 to 6 feet in half of the 60-foot channel.
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District. Photo # 130422-A-ON889-020, by /Pamela Spaugy.
    Robert Hurst
    34k USACE Dredge Currituck (II) underway, date and location unknown
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Photo
    Dredgepoint-US Army Corps of Engineers
    157k USACE Dredge Currituck (II) remains in place after being frozen in at a dock in Wanchese Harbor in North Carolina's Outer Banks, 8 January 2018.
    US Army Corp of Engineers Photo # 180108-A-IM544-001 by Joen Petersen
    Tommy Trampp
    257k USACE Dredge Currituck (II) underway, date and location unknown
    US Army Corp of Engineers Wilmington District photo
    Tommy Trampp

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