Bald Head Island dredging project using unique three-wheeled amphibious vehicle built by the USACE: the Coastal Research Amphibious Buggy or CRAB

Dredging project on March 31, 2021. (Photo: Village of Bald Head Island)

Posted on April 6, 2021

BALD HEAD ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — A dredging project that has been happening since January on Bald Head Island is nearing completion.

The Village of Bald Head Island says the Wilmington Harbor Inner Ocean Bar Project is expected to be finished on Friday, April 2.

The project was to dredge the federal navigation channel reaches including Smith Island Channel, Baldhead Shoal Channel Reach 1, and Baldhead Shoal Channel Reach 2.

A unique three-wheeled vehicle called the Coastal Research Amphibious Buggy or CRAB, which was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District, has been used during the process. It takes measurements of the beach and nearshore profile. The village shared a video of it in action on social media.


According to the village’s website, approximately 1,490,000 cubic yards of the dredged material was expected to be placed on South Beach on BHI.

It could take up to two weeks for the contact company Lakes Dredge & Dock to remove equipment from the beach once the project is done.


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