WICO says extended pier project will be finished by November
Published: September 18, 2013
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ST. THOMAS - It does not look much like an extended pier, yet, but it should once the high season arrives.
The West Indian Co. is in the second phase of its $10 million pier expansion project and is expecting completion of the entire project by November, according to WICO President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Boschulte.
WICO began the second phase several weeks ago. The second phase includes extending the dock about 160 feet and building an additional mooring dolphin. A dolphin is a structure placed between the dock and the ship to cushion ship impacts.
WICO already has replaced its former 60-ton bollards as part of the first phase. Bollards are large iron posts used to tie the ships up to the dock. Now, the WICO dock has 150-ton bollards.
When the upgrade is finished, the WICO dock will be able to berth three mega-ships. It also is supposed to be a more lasting dock, as it is being improved along the way to better withstand erosion.
In the future, WICO also is in the planning stages of a $55 million project to add two new berths to St. Thomas Harbor.
The 2013-2014 WICO cruise ship schedule is available at www.wico-vi.com.
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