When thinking about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ work, what may most readily come to mind is massive flood control projects, environmental restoration and shoreline protection. In some areas, inland waterway navigation and harbor dredging for deep-draft ships is prevalent.
However, along with the Corps’ roles in port and waterway navigation comes the need for a fleet of ships – vessels that can conduct surveys, move equipment and, on occasion, dredge material to deepen a channel. The fleet numbers in the thousands, but where do Corps districts get help in finding this specialized equipment?
The answer lies in a small suite of offices, located in Philadelphia District, known as the MDC…the Marine Design Center.