Eastern Shipbuilding Group Launches 'Magdalen'

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - The Eastern Shipbuilding group, Inc. is getting one of their new dredgers ready to set sail.

On Friday, the manufacturing company launched the 'Magdalen' at the Allanton Shipyard.

Magdalen is a twin screw-trailing suction hopper dredger.

It's 350 feet long with the capacity of nearly 9000 cubic yards.

So far crews have put in at least 16 months of construction into the ship.

President of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. Joey Disernia, said the ship is under construction for Weeks Marine, Inc. 

It's the same company that's helping with the Panama City Beach renourishment.

"It's very important. It can do it all over the U.S. It's a U.S. flag vessel. But if they so chose, this vessel could go abroad and do dredging work as well," said Disernia.

'Magdalen' is expected to be done by the end of this year.

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