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Berths at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to Receive Repairs

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS121121-16

By Tom Kreidel, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs

KITTERY, Maine (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic awarded a $13.2 million contract to Reed and Reed Inc. for structural stabilization and repairs to berths 1, 2A and 2B at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine Nov. 15.

According to Nathan Libby, the project's manager at Public Works Department Portsmouth, the berths were originally built in phases between 1845 and 1907 and consist of a 1,300 foot long granite quay wall. Over the years, the granite blocks that make up the berths have settled or been displaced, necessitating the repairs.

"This project will repair the pier facility to meet current structural code requirements, and provide a functional facility for berthing barges and service vessels and for temporary berthing of submarines during dry docking evolutions," said Libby.

"Berthing space is a critical element for any shipyard, and these repairs will allow additional flexibility during the overhaul, repair, and modernization of nuclear-powered submarines," added Capt. David Hunt, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard operations officer.

The repairs will feature steel pilings and reinforced concrete and the replacement of existing infrastructure including steam, potable water, and storm water lines, as well as new electrical utilities and lighting.

Libby said the project is scheduled to be completed in October 2014.

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