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Emergency Repairs to St. Thomas Fuel Dock

(Tuesday, July 01, 2014)

WAPA Board Authorizes Funding for Emergency Repairs
To St. Thomas Fuel Dock

In a special meeting called Tuesday, July 1, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority Governing Board authorized the Executive Director to execute a contract with Pro Mar Services Inc., per proposal dated June 28, 2014, in the amount of $396,495.00 for emergency repair to the south breast dolphin at the Randolph Harley Power Plant Krum Bay, St. Thomas fuel dock.
On June 7, 2014, while the fuel supply vessel was berthing to deliver fuel to the Harley generation facility, the fuel dock sustained damage to the south breasting dolphin resulting in both lateral and vertical displacement of the concrete cap. The resulting damage included cracking of the concrete cap at several faces, pulling of the front tension piles out of the concrete cap and the breaking off of some of the bottom surface of the concrete cap surrounding the tension piles into the water. In his request for approval Executive Director Hugo V. Hodge Jr. said, “We need to get the dock repaired on an emergency basis to ensure economic and continuous delivery of fuel to the island of St. Thomas.”
The cause of the damages is currently under investigation. Regarding the ongoing investigation Mr. Hodge added, “The investigation as to the root cause of the damage is ongoing and until the investigation is complete we will not go into what transpired and who exactly is at fault until the investigation is completed.”
Board members in attendance were Chairman Atty. Gerald Groner, Vice Chair Juanita R. Young, Secretary Noel Loftus, Planning Committee Chair VIEO Director Karl Knight, Licensing and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Wayne Biggs, Donald Francois, Cheryl Boynes Jackson and Elizabeth Armstrong. Commissioner Alicia Barnes was excused.
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