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Board Approves Change to Emergency Dock Repair Contract

(Monday, August 11, 2014)

In a special meeting on Monday, August 11, the Governing Board of Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority voted to authorize the Executive Director to execute a change order to the Pro Mar Services, Inc. contract for emergency repairs to the south breast dolphin at the Randolph Harley Power Plant fuel dock.

On June 7, the fuel dock sustained damage to its south breasting dolphin while the fuel supply vessel was berthing to deliver fuel to the Harley generation facility.  The authorization to enter into the contract with Pro Mar Services, Inc., to repair the damages, was brought before the governing board on July 1, and approved. The cost for the additional work needed is $70,877.

In Monday’s meeting, WAPA Chief Operating Officer Gregory Rhymer explained while initial repairs where underway, it was determined that the dock sustained more extensive damage, below the water surface, than was first discovered.  Subsequently, a permit request was submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers, citing the emergency situation at the dock and the need for repairs to commence below water.

WAPA Executive Director, Hugo V. Hodge, Jr. assured the members that repairs to the dock do not pose any problems with routine fuel delivery, and will not impede the LPG Project. “The work will go on as planned,” stressed Hodge. Repairs to the fuel dock are scheduled to be completed by October 31.

Board members in attendance for Monday’s special meeting 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, Cheryl Boynes Jackson, Elizabeth Armstrong and Donald Francois.