Marsh Buggies

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What are marsh buggies?

Marsh buggies (also known as marsh excavators) are a type of amphibious vehicle designed to be used in both aquatic and terrestrial areas. These vehicles are characterized by large-sized tires that can float when in the water. Marsh buggies are perfect to navigate terrible storms, rough wetland terrain and, swamps.  

The concept of marsh buggies and their subsequent invention came in the 1930s, when a solution was needed to help in the Florida Everglades. Before their invention, regular vehicles could not travel without overcoming rough terrains. Thus, the introduction of marsh buggies in the dredging industry has filled the need for transportation in inhospitable places.

Due to the very nature of dredging work and the fact that it takes place in swampy, wetland areas, swamp buggies inevitably have found their way into dredging work.  With marsh buggies, operators have to worry about getting stuck or have someone pull to assist in towing.

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1- Transport personnel

Marsh buggies are designed to handle the load of carrying a workforce between sites with ease, with waterlogged areas proving no contest thanks to inbuilt flotation and additional stability.

2- Transport equipment

Marsh buggies can transport heavy equipment to out-of-the-way job sites. Marsh buggies are considered a form of amphibious equipment where heavy equipment machinery is integrated into the buggy for transportation purposes.

3- Transport supplies

Along with people and equipment, marsh buggies are used to transport supplies, such as food, water, and hand tools, to job sites.

4- Environmental restoration and remediation

Another crucial role of marsh buggies is in the field of environmental restoration and remediation. As wetlands and marshes are often delicate ecosystems, preserving their health is paramount. Due to their minimal impact on these environments and their ability to navigate challenging terrain, marsh buggies are used in several conservation initiatives.

5- Geotechnical Investigations

Marsh buggies also play a vital role in conducting geotechnical engineering investigations, particularly in areas that are otherwise inaccessible due to wetland conditions or unstable terrain. These studies are essential for understanding the properties of the earth's subsurface in preparation for construction, dredging, or restoration projects.

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Marsh buggies are designed to operate on:

  • Dry land
  • Shallow mud
  • Sand
  • Shallow water
  • Deeper mud


These vehicles have the ability to:

  • Self-propel through or over deep mud and water
  • Traverse through or over moderately dense vegetation
  • Operate over rough terrain
  • Float on water and over mud
  • Use tracked drivetrains (and pontoons) to navigate wetlands
  • Withstand corrosive effects of saltwater

Marsh buggies for dredging

Yes. The use of marsh buggies has facilitated the dredging process while assisting in the transportation of machinery and supplies to coastal waterways and marshlands where coastal erosion restoration projects take place.

Marsh buggies as excavators

Marsh buggies are capable of completing projects in some of the harshest and most remote environments, including:

  • Dredging Marine construction
  • Levy construction
  • Marsh creating and restoration
  • Pipeline construction and repair
  • Transition powerline construction and repair
  • Heavy civil and industrial construction
  • Right of way maintenance
  • Land and swamp clearing

Excavator-mounted dredge pumps can be attached to marsh buggies to allow users to perform their dredging faster.

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Marsh buggies as excavators


There are a variety of applications for marsh buggies, including dredging, land and beach reclamation, and land restoration. These versatile machines can be used to move large quantities of sediment or earth material quickly and efficiently.

They can also be used to create channels and berms in wetlands, and to smooth out beaches and other areas that have been impacted by storms or erosion. Marsh excavators are an important tool for managing wetland ecosystems.

Some applications include:

  1. Pipeline Work
  2. Phone & Cable Lines
  3. Oil Exploration
  4. Levee Construction
  5. Highway Construction
  6. Forestry
  7. Environmental Remediation
  8. Dredging
  9. Disaster Recovery

Civil and Industrial Construction

Marsh buggies have been helping with civil and industrial construction for years. These amphibious vehicles are able to travel through difficult wetland regions that would be otherwise inaccessible.

As a result, marsh buggies have been instrumental in facilitating dredging work in many coastal wetlands. Not only do marsh buggies help with the transportation of operators and engineers and equipment to remote and difficult-to-access job sites, but they also help to reduce the environmental impact of construction projects.

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