Silver Ships Delivers Second Explorer 40 Workboat to USACE Pittsburgh District

Silver Ships recently delivered an Explorer 40 workboat to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Pittsburgh District for use on the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers. The 40-foot workboat will support USACE Pittsburgh District’s mission of improving navigable waterways and water infrastructure. This delivery is the second of three Explorer 40 series workboats ordered by USACE Pittsburgh District.

USACE Pittsburgh District, also known as the Headwaters District, is one of seven districts that monitor the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division. Responsible for more than 328 miles of waterways including areas such as western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, western Maryland and southwestern New York. Pittsburgh District’s navigation system includes 23 locks and dams on the 16 multi-purpose flood damage reduction reservoirs, 42 local flood damage projects and more.

The custom-built 40-foot vessel is powered by Twin 350HP Suzuki outboard motors that give the vessel enhanced maneuvering capabilities for working in tight spaces. This Explorer 40 features a walkaround cabin, Furuno navigation and radar systems, Westerbeke 20KW generator, Maxilift cranes with a 2,000-pound capacity at a 5-foot range and an A-Frame with a 3,000-pound lift capacity. This workboat will be used to support maintenance efforts of navigation locks and dams as well as buoy tendering operations.

Silver Ships is proud to deliver high-quality custom vessels across the United States, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District. For more information on Silver Ships vessels and recent projects, please contact our team or visit