The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ 408′ 3″ trailing suction hopper Dredge Wheeler underwent a major repair work and repower. It works like a giant vacuum cleaner sucking a slurry sediment from the bottom of the channel. It has three drag arms which in combination with its impressive pumping capacity, can remove about 7,000 dump truck loads of dredged material from a channel in a single day.
In phase one, two diesel engines were replaced along with auxiliary systems modifications. Phase two was comprised of renovations to the propulsion system, the dredge generator system and the ship service generators.