Special Purpose Vessel CURRITUCK
The shallowdraft, special purpose vessel CURRITUCK is homeported in Wilmington, North Carolina, but it spends most of its time helping fellow USACE districts from Maine to Florida. Here it's removing material from the federal channel in the harbor at Ocean City, Maryland. 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 shallowdraft vessel the CURRITUCK can depsoit 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.

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Photo by: Hank Heusinkveld |  VIRIN: 110410-A-IM544-001.JPG