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Marsh Buggies

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What are marsh buggies?

Marsh buggies 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.


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 floatation 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.


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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