A Leading U.S. Portable Hydraulic Dredging Company

Established over 30 years ago by Daniel S. McDougal, the company originally focused on civil projects, but in 1993 Dredge America acquired a small dredge contracting company and opened a new division devoted to portable hydraulic dredging. After two years, management saw the potential of the dredging division and turned the company’s attention exclusively to hydraulic dredging, becoming the leading dredging company in the United States for portable hydraulic dredging services.

In 2020, Samuel B. Robinson, P.E. was appointed as the company’s President and will be succeeding Founder and CEO, Daniel S. McDougal. Samuel is a driven strategist with extraordinary technical expertise in the dredging field and will continue to help the company expand into new markets and diversify services provided as well as continue to foster a culture of safety and teamwork on every project. Daniel will remain the Board Chairman and CEO and plans to shift his focus to long term strategy, business development and industry consulting. Thanks to Daniel’s strong foundation and Samuel’s new leadership role, Dredge America will continue to improve the quality of life through innovative environmental dredging solutions to marine sediment problems for years to come.

During the last 30 years, many dredging companies have come and gone. However, Dredge America has become the respected name in professional dredging services, because portable hydraulic dredging is our only business and all of our resources are centered on being the very best at our core competency.

Our experience and reputation have been earned one project at a time. Dredge America has dredged an array of materials under varying conditions and have overcome the challenges we have encountered through superior project management and expert problem-solving skills. The variety of materials we have dredged includes mine tailings, ash, silts, clays, sands, alum and lime sludge, sewage sludge, animal waste, and many others.

Dredge America provides proper insurance for marine work. Included are P&I coverage and various other specialized coverages including Longshoremen’s and Jones Act coverage. Dredge America enjoys an excellent safety record as a result of a proactive safety program. In addition, Dredge America is a drug-free workplace.

At Dredge America, we strongly believe in mobilizing highly qualified people on-site where challenges occur and problems need to be resolved immediately. Our project managers are empowered to act as contract representatives for Dredge America and can therefore make critical decisions, lessening potential delays and increasing our adaptability. Our professional field personnel are clean cut, articulate, trained, and experienced. Supporting our field crews is an expert office staff and a vast network of contacts within the industry.

Dredge America’s ability to create solutions and perform tasks efficiently is greatly enhanced by our experience with similar projects, sites, and material challenges. With over 300 projects completed to date, the history of our ability to solve problems is a testament to our ability to solve future challenges. Due to the company’s large diverse fleet and its depth of expertise from concept to completion, Dredge America looks forward to its future within the dredging industry.

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The Company's Values

Dredge America’s values statement is “Committed to Do the Right Thing with a Can-Do Attitude”. We use our strong core values as a guide to hire, fire, review, reward, and recognize our employees which reinforces the culture that we strive for.

Committed - Hard Working. Dedicated. Team Player.

Do the Right Thing - Do what you say, say what you did - respectfully & professionally.

Can Do Attitude - Positive. Proactive. Problem Solver.

Our Dredging Crew

Dredge America prides itself on the professionalism and expertise of our well-trained crews, especially in areas such as operations and safety, and we are extremely sensitive to the condition of the project site. We take extra care in maintaining a clean, well-managed job. Our clients benefit from our dedication to providing expert service in several ways:

  • Clean and well-managed project sites
  • Efficient and timely mobilization and de-mobilization
  • Accurate and timely reporting and billing
  • Utilization of state of the art equipment
  • A crew with a can-do attitude and customer service approach
  • Sensitivity to the environment
  • A culture of safety
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