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Shipping a Dredger

What's in this article?
  1. Types Of Dredgers
  2. Mechanical Dredgers
  3. Hydraulic Dredgers
  4. Other Dredgers
  5. Shipping Your Dredge
  6. We Have Many Options Available
  7. Over-The-Road Transport
  8. A Customized Transport Plan
Shipping a dredger (Cutter suction dredgers)

Dredging is the term meaning to take material underwater, and transfer it to another location within the same waterway or body of water - and it has many applications. It's also carried out by many different types of equipment, which fall into two main categories of either suction or mechanical dredging. You may have an auger suction system, bucket dredger, or backhoe dredger - or one of the other styles (1).

Types of Dredgers

Dredgers are built for sediment removal in shallow or fresh waters. These sediments are removed to ease water navigation, enhance fishing, and replenish sand washed by erosion on beaches.

They are also used in environmental dredging, the creation of new harbors, removal of contaminated sediment from sea beds, reclamation of areas damaged by oil spills, in gold and coal mining, and for maintenance dredging.

Dredgers are built based on the specific functions they are expected to perform therefore they fall into two major categories: mechanical dredgers and hydraulic dredgers.

Mechanical dredgers

They work based on the principle of "hand-packing". They are fitted with a bucket or grab to pack up dredged material and dispose to a designated disposal site.

These include bucket dredgers, bucket ladder dredgers, grab dredgers, backhoe dredgers, , etc.

Hydraulic dredgers

Materials are picked by the suction inlet in a suspension form, powered by a pumping system that raises and feeds them through the suction pipe to outlet pipes. These dredgers are most suitable to move fine materials as heavy gravels are difficult to move by suspension.

Trailing suction hopper dredger, Profile or plain suction dredger, cutter suction dredger (bucket ladder dredger)


Other types of dredging machines include jet-lift dredgers and air-lift dredgers, augur suction dredgers, land reclamation dredgers, pneumatic dredgers, amphibious dredger, clamshell dredger, water injection dredger, plough and bed leveler

Shipping Your Dredge

The exact type, size, and weight of your particular dredging equipment - will determine the best way to transport it. Built to float in shallow water, most dredges will need substantial dismantling prior to shipping. However, if your dredge can be floated to a traversable waterway, it's possible that over the water transport will be possible.

Though your dredge may be able to travel under its own power, this is often not feasible - as they're built to navigate smooth and shallow waters. Dredges are also often painfully slow, when attempting to traverse long distances.

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Submersion boat transport may be an option, where a boat is guided over a transport ship that's just below the water. Once the dredge is safely in place, the submersion transport empties the water in its ballast tanks, and rises to the surface - with your dredge now in place on its deck.

Over-the-road transport

Other transport options may be appropriate instead, especially if you'll be scrapping your dredge for parts or need parts brought in for repairs. Over the road transport for this scenario, will likely be the most economic and efficient solution.

Hopper dredgers (hopper dredge)

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A1 Auto Transport can create a custom transport plan for your precise needs and equipment, and then execute it in a timely and professional manner. Our more than two decades of experience transporting large, heavy and oversized machinery make us the logical choice. We offer full-service options like loading and unloading on site, as well as bonus features like satellite tracking.

We look forward to speaking with you about your transportation needs. Call today to get a free no-obligation quote, from one of our friendly moving experts.

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