The Ellis Island, a hopper dredge
The Ellis Island is one of the newest and the largest hopper dredge in the American fleet. It has the capacity of carrying 15,000 cubic yards of sand. The Ship Island restoration project is the inaugural mission for the Ellis Island. The dredge crew is working up to employing the Ellis Island to dredge at its maximum capability of placing 30,000 cubic yards of sand in a day. Over the course of the project, the District will place 19.6 million cubic yards of fill sand on the island.