Port Authority plans repairs at Crown Bay cargo dock

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The V.I. Port Authority is planning to start repairs and maintenance at the Crown Bay Cargo dock on St. Thomas in the area primarily used by Crowley cargo vessels.

According to a statement the Port Authority released, it is having SeaGuard fenders replaced and performing other maintenance and repairs at the dock, with the work expected to start within the next two weeks and completion expected by mid-February.

All 15 fenders on that section of the dock, along with damaged chains, shackles and rigging will be removed, and all fender flanges and swivel-eyes for the buoys will be replaced and galvanized stud-link chains and shackles will be installed.

Ten new wall pad eyes, which are large plates that hold the fenders in place, will be secured to the dock with 1-inch stainless steel threads drilled 18 inches into the sea wall, according to the Port Authority. All fender damage will be repaired and the dock and galvanize will be treated to protect against rust, according to the release.

The Port Authority hired local engineering company Stefferson Marine and Construction, LLC, to repair the dock, and the contract includes a two-year maintenance plan for upkeep of the new fenders, repeated rust treatments and routine maintenance checks.

The project costs $54,000 and is funded by the V.I. Port Authority's Fiscal Year 2014 budget, according to the Port Authority.

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