Picture of the Day: WHEELER in New Orleans

The government-owned trailing suction hopper dredger WHEELER departed New Orleans in late November on its way to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District to perform an urgent maintenance dredging at the Freeport Harbor.

The 45-day project included removal of approximately two million cubic yards of dredged material from the Freeport Entrance Channel, jetty channel and inner harbor, followed by an additional eight days of critical maintenance dredging at the Corpus Christi Ship Channel.

The WHEELER keeps waterway channels clear from Key West, Florida, to Brownsville, Texas.

Although the dredge is maintained in a state of readiness for worldwide operations, it spends the majority of its time operating in the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River, dealing with shoaling problems that occur during high and low water.

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Dredging Today Staff