Debris Recovery Vessel

Photo of M/V John A.B. Dillard, Jr. lifting debris from the water

The M/V John A.B. Dillard, Jr. is a Debris Removal Vessel for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) San Francisco Bay District. The District has a unique mix of duties, including keeping the navigation and shipping lanes of the greater San Francisco Bay region free of floating debris hazardous to marine vessels. This vessel allows shorter response times, increased capacity and greater range. Key to this enhanced capability is the large aft deck, pedestal mounted grapple crane and robust 15 ton deck load capacity. Operators are able to recover large heavy objects in a single “grab” rather than the hazardous and time consuming process of towing objects to base. 

Principal Characteristics

Class: Debris Recovery Vessel
Type: Catamaran
Designer: Incat Crowther
Length (Overall): 86’7" (26.39m)
Beam (Overall): 26’0” (7.92m)
Displacement: ~87 - 95 long tons
Draft (Operating): ~6’ 0” (1.83m)
Fuel Capacity: 2,500 gal (9463.51l)
Water Capacity: 200 gal (757.08l)
Top Speed (Approx): ~27.5 knots
Engines: (2) CAT ACERT C32, 1300 BHP each
Transmission: ZF 3055
GENSETS: (2) Northern Lights 92kW
  • Wesmar Vortex Double Prop #V2-12E
  • Kinshofer Grapple & Rotator
  • Effer 4400 3S-L Crane (max capacity ~285,000 ft/pounds)

Images from this Project

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Photo of M/V John A.B. Dillard, Jr. lifting debris from the water
Photo of the vessel running