News: Essayons returns to Rose Festival
Story by Michelle Helms
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Two U.S. Army vessels are lining up with naval and Coast Guard ships from the U.S. and Canada for the 2011 Portland Rose Festival. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hopper dredge Essayons and survey vessel Redlinger will welcome visitors beginning June 9.
The largest ship in the Corps of Engineers’ dredge fleet, the hopper dredge Essayons is returning to the Rose Festival Fleet Week lineup; mission requirements have prevented the ship from participating since 2002. The Essayons and her crew work steadily from March to October maintaining federal navigation channels primarily on the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii. The dredge is also equipped and ready for worldwide deployment.
The Essayons, christened in 1982, is 350 feet long and 126 feet high from keel to mast. Her maximum dredging depth is 94 feet and her hopper can accommodate nearly 6,500 cubic yards of material.
The Essayons will be moored just south of the Morrison Bridge June 9 through 12 and open to Rose Festival visitors from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Crew members will be available to answer questions about the vessel and its mission.
The newest addition to the Portland District’s fleet, survey vessel Redlinger, was introduced to the public at last year’s Rose Festival and returns for the 2011 festivities. The Redlinger will be moored near the Ankeny Pavilion south of the Burnside Bridge June 9 through 11. Visitors are welcome to tour the vessel and meet crew members from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Redlinger is based at the U.S. Moorings in Portland, Ore., and is one of four District survey boats providing hydrosurvey data for areas along the Columbia and Lower Willamette rivers. Survey information is passed on to the dredge crews who maintain the state’s water channels, ensuring more than $18 billion in waterborne commerce are transported safely.