Assateague, Corps of Engineers, dredge, inlet, Murden, OC, sand, Thrashers
Headed down to Ocean City, Md. the other day. It was cold and windy but a nice day to be out. We parked at the Inlet Parking Lot after checking to see if Thrasher’s Fries was open. They were not. Off in the distance we saw some sort of ship way down near Assateague.
The ship started to head back towards the Inlet Channel – some rough seas
Suddenly he headed towards the beach adjacent to the fishing pier.
Did a u-turn and we thought he was going to hit the beach.
He straightened himself (or herself) out and then headed into the channel.
Where the seagulls and I could get a good look.
The cars lined up for lunch and the gulls waiting for some Thrashers. Disappointed.
Back in the car with a view one way…
Then the other.
Here is a stock photo of the ship and some info.
The split hull dredger Murden is currently very busy working in and around Ocean City Inlet as part of the Assateague Island Restoration project, conducted in partnership with the Assateague Island National Seashore, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Baltimore District said in its latest announcement. This project involves dredging sand from in and around the Ocean City Inlet navigation channel and beneficially placing it south of the inlet just offshore of Assateague Island. The work is being done to mitigate the impacts on sediment transport and erosion caused by the the inlet and associated jetties. According to USACE, this work generally takes place twice a year. The Murden arrived at Ocean City Inlet at the end of May (2019) and is expected to continue working in the area until mid-June. The USACE’s shallow draft dredger is based out of the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Wilmington District in North Carolina.