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Navy Pier Construction Underway Off California Coast

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Story Number: NNS040922-13
Release Date: 9/22/2004 3:58:00 PM

By Journalist 1st Class (SW) Scott Sutherland, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 Public Affairs

SAN NICOLAS ISLAND (NNS) -- Construction is under way on the world's first open-ocean, roll-on roll-off pier off the California coast.

The $12 million construction project on Naval Outlying Landing Field San Nicolas Island will enable the Navy to safely offload equipment and supplies for use by the island's Navy and civilian population.

Until the pier is finished, supplies will continue to be brought aboard the island the way they've been in the past - offloaded right on the beach.

"We've been using an old pontoon system where we have to beach the barge on the shore," said Cmdr. Raymond Schenk, the officer in charge of Navy personnel on San Nicolas Island. "The problem is we have a very small window to safely onload and offload trucks and equipment from the barge. If we don't make the time window, then we have to wait a long period until the tide is right again."

The pier will ease the process. Barges will be able to pull up to a horizontal, mechanical ramp that will lower from deck elevation to water level for roll-on roll-off cargo transfer.

"It's a momentous accomplishment," said Schenk. "It's going to increase safety of what we do on the island."

The contractor for the project, Nova Group of Napa, Calif., was awarded the construction contract in fall of 2002. Nova precast more than 80 percent of the concrete for the pier and dolphin structures, including pile caps, planks, piles, and pile caps for dolphins.

The pier and dolphin structures are approximately 640 feet long, with a deck elevation that varies from 10 feet to 29 feet.

"We're very proud of how the pier project has come together," added Schenk, "and we're very proud of the teamwork with Nova Group that we've achieved."



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