South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, along with his Chief of Staff, Trey Walker, joined Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company’s CEO Lasse Petterson and Project Director Dave Johanson on a visit to the Cutter Suction Dredge Texas in late August.  Gov. McMaster has been a longtime supporter of the Charleston Deepening Project and the State of South Carolina has provided much of the funding for this significant dredging operation. On this day, Gov. McMaster was able to fulfill his desire to drive the dredge! Other individuals present included USACE / Charleston District Commander LTC Rachel Honderd and SCSPA’s SVP – External Affairs Jordi Yarborough.  Great Lakes’ Texas Leverman, Jeff Hudgins, provided the dredging tutorial for Gov. McMaster and made a new friend for himself and the company.

The Ellis Island

The Ellis Island recently commenced dredging operations on Phase 1 of the MSCIP Comprehensive Barrier Island Restoration Plan in the U. S. Gulf of Mexico offshore of Gulfport Mississippi. With a 15,000 cubic yard capacity Ellis Island is the largest hopper dredge in the U. S..

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