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NNS020923-02 New Pier Planned for Navy Island

9/23/2002 10:14:00 AM

From NAVAIR China Lake Public Affairs

CHINA LAKE, Calif. (NNS) -- Operations on Navy-owned San Nicolas Island (SNI) will improve significantly as a result of a recently awarded contract.

A design/build contract for a new supply pier on the island was awarded on Sept. 12 to Nova Group, Inc. of Napa, Calif. for $11,500,000.

SNI is home to important test and evaluation elements of the Naval Air Systems Command's (NAVAIR) Weapons Division. The island is located about 75 nautical miles southwest of Los Angeles, Calif.

Currently, barges that bring supplies to the island are landed on the beach and are routinely delayed due to weather and sea conditions. The barge delays cause vital military testing and training on the NAVAIR Weapons Division Sea Range to slip.

The new pier will significantly reduce the delays and impacts on the growing population of seals and sea lions that breed and pup in the area.

Contract Number N68711-02-C-2004 was awarded by the Southwest Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, San Diego, with assistance from the NAVAIR Weapons Division, and the Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center.

The contract includes the design and construction of a 460 foot long pier including mooring systems and a ramp to facilitate offloading the barges. A new operations building, and transit shed for cargo are also included.

The pier will be built on the southeast end of the island in an area called Daytona Beach. Design is underway, with construction expected to be complete in Spring 2004.

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