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Dredging shifts from Oregon Inlet to Hatteras Inlet; New shallow draft hopper dredge “Miss Katie” deployed

Posted on April 11, 2022

(Dare County)

Earlier this week, Dare County released this update on recent dredging operations in Oregon Inlet and Hatteras Inlet conducted by the Merritt, which is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

And in a move that county officials hope will be a game changer, the newly built shallow-draft hopper dredge, known as the “Miss Katie,” will move to its new home in Dare County this summer for regular duty.

Here is the update on the Merritt’s activities.

From Thursday, March 17 through Friday, April 1, the Merritt—the sidecaster dredge operated by the Corps — dredged the area on the west side of the Marc Basnight Bridge to reduce shoaling in Oregon Inlet.

On Sunday, April 2, 2022, the Merritt began dredging the South Ferry Channel to reduce the shoaling that has occurred within Hatteras Inlet. Dare County obtained a permit modification and the Merritt is expected to dredge this channel through Thursday, April 21, 2022.

The dredge schedule, however, is subject to change.

The New Dredge — “Miss Katie” — Arriving April 2022


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