The Dutra Group, which plans to build an asphalt processing facility in Petaluma, has acquired the second largest dredge hopper in the country, the company has announced.
The purchase of the vessel, the Stuyvesant and which measures 372 feet long and 72 feet wide, marks a historic day for the company, according to President and CEO Bill Dutra.
“This ship will be a welcome addition to our fleet and its size will allow us greater flexibility in our operations," Dutra said in a statement.
The vessel won't be coming to the Petaluma River, but will be used around the country, including in the Gulf of Mexico, to clear waterways. It's currently based in Mobile, Ala. The company would not disclose the purchase price, citing proprietary information.
Dutra, based in San Rafael, has projects all over the country and has long been involved in dredging activities, including maintaining clear and navigable water channels, performing emergency repair work and conducting other activities in both the private and public sectors.
Previously, Dutra owned the country's largest dredging vessel, called the Super Scoop.