Ensley Engineer Yard

Ensley Engineer Yard is a full-service marine maintenance facility that keeps a variety of equipment, supplies and people ready to go on a moment's notice, whether for routine work or emergency response contingencies. Designed to support the navigation and flood control missions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Memphis District, Ensley Engineer Yard has become more than just a marine maintenance center for the District. Ensley also supports other governmental agencies. Primarily a shipyard, Ensley Engineer Yard includes repair shops, warehouses, storage yards and administrative offices. Flexibility, innovation and a strong commitment to meeting customer needs are all hallmarks of work produced by Ensley Engineer Yard and its staff of professionals. 

Marine Maintenance Capabilities

Dry Docks

  • Three Dry Docks with lifting capabilities reaching up to 3,200 Tons

Dry Docks are structures used to service marine vessels from the Memphis District as well as vessels and barges from other Districts and sister agencies. The dry dock is flooded in a controlled manner to allow vessels to float into it. The dock’s ballast tanks are then drained, allowing the vessel to come to rest on the dry dock for hull maintenance and repair.


Metal Work

  • Machining, Fabricating, Fitting and Welding
  • Vessel Re-plating
  • Computer Numerical Control Machine and Plasma Cutting Table
  • 3D Scanner for Accurate Parts Assessment

Shop Services

  • Pipefitting, Plumbing and Full HVAC Installation/Service
  • Electrical Installation/Service from High Voltage to Electronic Industrial Controls
  • Communications Service/Repair including Satellite, Radar, Side-Scan and Multi-beam Sonar, and Radio Systems
  • Construction and Renovation Carpentry for Vessels and Facilities


  • Propeller, Shaft and Rudder Repair
  • Precision Alignment
  • Heavy Equipment and Diesel Repair
  • Outboard Engine/Small Vessel Repair

Our Partnerships

Other USACE Organizations

  • Marine Design Center
  • Engineer Research and Development Center
  • Operating Units and Vessels from Other USACE Districts

Other Government Agencies

  • U. S. Coast Guard
  • Tennessee Valley Authority

Contractors and Suppliers

  • Vessel Sandblasting and Painting
  • Marine Chemists and Surveyors
  • Steel Suppliers
  • Rock Suppliers
  • Facility and Vessel Component Suppliers
  • Crane and Heavy Lift Services

Ensley Engineer Yard does not compete with private industry contractors, however, through our outreach services, we are often able to support other federal agencies by providing exceptional repair and construction services all while minimizing red tape.


We’re Committed to...

  • Executing the Memphis District mission
  • Providing a safe and secure work environment
  • Providing a sustainable mooring facility
  • Performing the full range of maintenance and modifications for vessels and
  • construction equipment
  • Providing flexible and scalable maintenance capability
  • Supporting project operations and management
  • Effectively responding to emergencies
  • Providing specialized river construction and dredging expertise
  • Repairing levee system damage
  • Recruiting and retaining a high-performing work force

Finished Projects (2015 - 2017)

  • Install “ladder” pump for Dredge Hurley, USACE Memphis District, 2015-2017
  • Maintenance and repairs for Dredge Goetz and Fleet, USACE St. Paul District, 2016
  • Maintenance and repairs for Mat Sinking Unit, USACE Vicksburg District, 2016
  • Re-power MV Mr. Pat, USACE Tulsa District, 2015
  • Maintenance and modification, Dredge Jadwin, USACE Vicksburg District, 2015
  • Repair Big Island Barge & MV Jean Crump, USACE Little Rock District, 2015

Finished Projects (2010 - 2014)

  • Repair MV Ted Cook, USACE Little Rock District, 2014
  • Repair and modification, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Greenbrier, 2014
  • Spud and spud barge modification, USACE St. Louis District, 2012
  • Repair and modification, Dredge Potter,
  • USACE St. Louis District, 2012 & 2013
  • Re-plate rock barges, USACE Little Rock District, 2012-2014
  • Install pedestal crane on Crane Barge
  • Leonard, USACE St. Paul District, 2011
  • Extend bow and “ladder”, Dredge Hurley, USACE Memphis District, 2010

River Maintenance Capabilities

Levee Work

  • Levee Slide Repair
  • Levee Restoration
  • Concrete and Rock Armor Protection
  • Culvert Replacement

Control Structures

  • Full Condition Assessments
  • Repair of Gates, Shafts, Motors, and Gear Boxes
  • Preventive Maintenance Expertise

Rock Placement

  • Inlets and Outlets
  • Shoreline and Bank Protection

Value Delivered

Workforce Partnering

  • Routine planning and execution updates with customers and designers
  • Effective integration of skilled labor from customer organization


  • Fabrication of unique parts
  • Duplication of old parts
  • Accommodation of work or scope changes without contract modification

Maintenance Management

  • Fully automated using the Facilities and Equipment Maintenance (FEM) system
  • Major project planning and scheduling capability
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control planning and execution

Contact Information

Ensley Engineer Yard

Marine Maintenance Center
2915 Riverport Road
Memphis, TN 38109