Great Lakes Announces Successful Launch of the Barge Component of its Articulated Tug & Barge Hopper Dredge Currently Under Construction

OAK BROOK, Ill., Oct. 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (“Great Lakes”) (NASDAQ:GLDD), the largest provider of dredging services in the United States and a major provider of environmental and remediation services, announced today the successful launch of the Ellis Island, the barge component of its Articulated Tug & Barge (ATB) hopper dredge currently under construction.  The launch occurred on September 30, 2016 at Eastern Shipbuilding’s shipyard in Allanton, Florida.  After two years of construction and hundreds of thousands of man hours, the launch marks a significant milestone in the construction progress of the vessel. 

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CEO Jonathan Berger commented, “This ATB hopper dredge is a state-of-the-art “Jones Act” vessel designed and constructed to meet the nation’s growing maritime infrastructure needs. This vessel will help to contribute to the U.S. economy and the future economic prosperity of the nation.”

President of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, David Simonelli, commented, “We look forward to the completion of the Ellis Island, the largest and most efficient hopper dredge in the U.S. fleet.  We are eager to put the ATB to work and to demonstrate its unique capabilities building coastal protection, restoring barrier islands in the Gulf and deepening the nations’ ports.”  

The Ellis Island is 433 feet long and 92 feet wide with a hopper volume of 15,000 cubic yards.  The vessel’s two 36-inch diameter drag arms are capable of mining sand from the ocean floor 122 feet below the water’s surface.

The tug portion of the vessel, the Douglas Mackie, is expected to launch later this year.  The shipyard has informed the Company that it anticipates sea trials on the ATB vessel in March, and we expect dredging operations to commence in the second quarter.  With the combination of the optimized tug and barge hull design and increased haul capacity the ATB Hopper Dredge is expected to provide ship-like productivity and efficiency at the lower operating cost of an ATB.

The Company

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (“Great Lakes” or the “Company”) is the largest provider of dredging services in the United States and the only U.S. dredging company with significant international operations. The Company is also a significant provider of environmental and remediation services on land and water.  The Company employs civil, ocean and mechanical engineering staff in its estimating, production and project management functions.  In its over 126-year history, the Company has never failed to complete a marine project. Great Lakes has a disciplined training program for engineers that ensures experienced-based performance as they advance through Company operations. Great Lakes also owns and operates the largest and most diverse fleet in the U.S. dredging industry, comprised of over 200 specialized vessels.

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Although Great Lakes believes that its plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by such forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results could differ materially from a projection or assumption in any forward-looking statements. Great Lakes’ future financial condition and results of operations, as well as any forward-looking statements, are subject to change and inherent risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made only as of the date hereof and Great Lakes does not have or undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, subsequent events or otherwise, unless otherwise required by law.


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