Autonomous Dredge – Remote Operated

Autonomous Floating Dredge, Unmanned Automated Floating Dredger. Powered by a 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12-Inch EDDY Pump

EDDY Autonomous Dredge System is remote operated and unmanned. This state of the art dredging system is unique to the market and improving the process for high solid pumping.

This dredging system can move slurry, sludge and high solids up to 4000 GPM at over 200 ft of head. Our patented EDDY Pump technology outperforms all centrifugal, vortex and positive displacement pumps in a variety of the most difficult pumping applications.

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The Autonomous Unmanned Dredge
This semi-automated dredge has a footprint of only 650 sq. ft. By anchoring 3 to 4 cables on land, the system can effectively dredge a large area without any onboard crew.

The dredge uses an array of electronic instrumentation to control the four onboard winches to literally pull itself along a predefined dredging path, raise and lower the pump, and regulate pump RPM. Due to the cable-based pump deployment the dredge can up to 100 ft deep. All while featuring a non-clogging design to minimize machine downtime.

HD10000 Pump
At the heart of the Autonomous Dredge is the 10 inch EDDY Pump, the HD10000. This pump can move slurry up to a rate of 4000 GPM at over 200 ft of head. All EDDY Pumps are uniquely engineered to outperform their competitors. Unlike alternative pumps, the EDDY Pump is optimized for:
– High Production
– High Concentration Solids
– High Viscosity and Specific Gravity Fluids
– High Abrasive and Corrosive Materials
– Low Ownership Cost

We are one of the few companies who manufactures both our pumps and dredging equipment to ensure optimal support.

All dredges use our industrial EDDY Pumps, with this autonomous system powered by a 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12-Inch EDDY Pump, to match your project production requirements.

EDDY Pump has been bringing new innovative solutions to the aging dredge industry since 1984. Building on their popular autonomous submersible dredge technology, EDDY Pump engineers have developed yet another groundbreaking product, the Autonomous Dredge System.

Dredging Equipment

All EDDY Pump dredges use our proven USA Built industrial pumps.

The core of this design is the patented EDDY Pump technology. The design redefines the pumping industry by being the only pump that utilizes the principles of a tornado to create a synchronized eddy current. This pump is not a centrifugal, positive displacement or vortex pump, but instead the most highly efficient high solids and high specific gravity pump on the market. This translates to the ability to pump higher percent solids of material and capture the heavy specific gravity gold.

Autonomous Dredge Data Sheet (PDF)

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To learn more about the technology behind our pumps continue reading more HERE.

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Features and Benefits

Autonomous Unmanned Dredge


EDDY Pump Advantages

  • Remote Operated, Autonomous Dredge
  • Non-Clog, High Viscosity, High Specific Gravity, High Abrasives, Low pH Pumping Design
  • 40-70% Solids Pumping by Weight
  • Ability to pump objects of up to 12-inches in diameter
  • 100% American Built
  • State-of-the-Art Research and Development Facilities on site
  • Easily process rags, string, rocks and foreign objects

Pump Features

  • Non-Clogging Design
  • High Solids Handling
  • High Viscosity and Specific Gravity Handling
  • High Abrasives Handling
  • No Critical Tolerances
  • Low Maintenance
  • Minimal Downtime
  • Low Ownership Costs

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Specialized Equipment To Fit Your Dredging Needs

Dredge Sled

The Dredge Sled is highly engineered for submersible dredging with the ability gently slide along the bottom to pump highly viscous or abrasive material, sludge, muck, paste, high solids, and other harsh pumping applications. Learn More…

Subdredge Submersible ROV

Submersible ROV. An alternative to the autonomous floating dredge is the submersible Subdredge ROV.  This unit operates on the sea floor. This subsea robot dredger is controlled by a remote control and keeps divers or humans away from hazards.Learn More…

Auger Dredge – Remote Operated

Auger Dredge Remotely Operated. An alternative to the autonomous floating dredge or Subdredge is the submersible Auger Dredge.  This unit operates in a grid pattern operation with a goal of low turbidity, wide update. Operate with a remote control and keeps divers or humans away from the hazardous material. .Learn More…

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Autonomous Dredge – Remote Operated?

An Autonomous Dredge – Remote Operated is a self-guided, unmanned dredging vessel that can be controlled and monitored remotely. It is designed to perform dredging operations without the need for onboard human operators.

How does an Autonomous Dredge operate?

The Autonomous Dredge operates using a combination of GPS, sensors, and computer algorithms to navigate and perform dredging tasks. It is controlled remotely by an operator who can monitor and adjust its operations in real-time.

What are the advantages of using an Autonomous Dredge?

The advantages include increased safety by eliminating the need for human operators onboard, improved efficiency and precision in dredging operations, and reduced operational costs.

Can an Autonomous Dredge be used in all types of dredging projects?

While Autonomous Dredges are versatile, their suitability for a specific project depends on factors such as the size of the area, the type of material to be dredged, and environmental considerations. It is important to assess each project’s specific requirements.

How is the safety of an Autonomous Dredge ensured?

Safety is ensured through redundant systems, regular maintenance checks, and remote operators monitoring remotely in real-time. Additionally, safety protocols are implemented to handle emergencies or unexpected situations.

What kind of maintenance does an Autonomous Dredge require?

Regular maintenance includes checking and servicing the propulsion system, dredging equipment, sensors, and communication systems. Preventive maintenance schedules are typically established to ensure optimal performance.

Can an Autonomous Dredge be operated in harsh weather conditions?

Autonomous Dredges are designed to operate in a range of weather conditions, but extreme weather may impact their performance. Operational limits based on weather conditions are usually established to ensure safety.

How is data from the dredging operation collected and used?

Data such as depth measurements, material volume, and operational efficiency are collected and transmitted to the remote operator. This data is used for real-time monitoring, decision-making, and post-operation analysis.

Can an Autonomous Dredge be customized for specific projects?

Yes, Autonomous Dredges can be customized with different dredging tools and equipment to suit specific project requirements.

What are the environmental considerations when using an Autonomous Dredge?

Environmental considerations include minimizing disturbance to aquatic habitats, reducing emissions, and ensuring that dredged material is handled and disposed of responsibly.