Clearing the Way in Barnegat Inlet

Jan 29, 2018
Photo by: Timothy Brindley

BOTTOMS UP: The 156-foot-long dredge Murden, owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, cuts through the fog on its mission of routine maintenance dredging in Barnegat Inlet not far from the lighthouse.

The Murden is dredging sediment from the federal channel of the inlet and is expected to complete the work in early February, a Corps press spokesman said.

The dredge hopper can carry a whopping 512 cubic yards. Yet the vessel design allows it into shallow waters: the draft is less than four feet at the bow and under 5 feet at the stern.

The periodic dredging is necessary to keep the channel clear for the commercial fishing fleet and other boats.


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