Unalaska Marine Center Expansion Moves Forward
The Unalaska Marine Center Dock Position III and IV project, designed by PND Engineers, Inc. for the City of Unalaska, has been approved for construction by Turnagain Marine Construction, following a unanimous vote by the Unalaska City Council. On-site work began in mid-May, with PND performing construction administration and on-site inspection through project completion in 2018. Demolition of the existing dock is progressing quickly and is nearing completion. New dock construction will begin in mid-July. The work is being closely coordinated with ongoing container cargo, freight barge and fishing vessel operations at the adjacent dock facilities on both sides of the project.
PND Senior Vice President Dempsey Thieman credits a tireless PND staff for bringing the City’s vision for the UMC expansion one step closer to reality. “Good job to everyone who has been and continues to be involved in the project,” Thieman said. “The long hours and high quality work are recognized and appreciated.”
The $38 million project will provide 610 feet of new dock face with a minimum water depth of approximately 45 feet. It replaces two aging pile-supported structures with a high capacity OPEN CELL SHEET PILE™ bulkhead dock. A portion of the new dock structure will be aligned with the existing U. S. Coast Guard dock, creating a total face length of approximately 730 feet on the north end of the facility. A portion of the project will also be aligned with the existing UMC Positions V through VII, providing 950 feet of dock face length needed for modern container ships that call on the Port of Dutch Harbor. The project will also extend the existing container crane rails and provide an electrical service vault for a new electric container crane.