The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is improving port facilities through the Maritime Administration’s Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP). They are awarding more than $703 million to fund 41 projects in 22 states and 1 territory. The awards include up to $100 million for port projects that will advance offshore wind deployment.
Here are a few of the projects that have been awarded the funds:
- The Salem Wind Port Project in Salem Massachusetts
They will be receiving $33.8 million to start the redevelopment of a vacant industrial facility into a marshaling area for offshore wind energy projects. This project will include the construction of a 700-foot-long wharf and bulkhead. It will be able to handle oversized and heavy cargoes and also function as a loadout and assembly location. The project also consists of improvements to about 23 acres of neighboring uplands to create a laydown area next to the loadout and assembly space.
- The Bridgeport Port Authority Operations and Maintenance Wind Port Project in Connecticut
They will be receiving $10.53 million for the design and construction of an operations and maintenance wind port. This project will include:
- An installation of about 1,300 linear feet of anchored bulkheads
- A floating service dock to aid offshore wind support vessels
- Deepening the harbor by dredging about 30,000 cubic yards of material for larger support vessels
- Installing two reinforced 20’ x 100’ crane pads that will act as relieving platforms for the new bulkheads
- Lake Erie Renewable Energy Resilience Project in Monroe, Michigan
They will be granted $11 million to fund four components of the project. The breakdown of the components is as follows:
Component 1 – The riverfront work
This will consist of replacing the surface of the existing wharf and constructing a second riverfront wharf so it can be used exclusively for vessel transfer of wind energy cargos, and reinforcing shoreline balance.
Component 2 – Turning basin work
This will include re-establishing the concrete dock cap, bollard, and fender installation as well as replacing about 390 feet of failed sheet pile.
Component 3 – Small boat “Maritime Readiness Slip” construction
This component will include demolishing and repurposing an existing small boat slip to be used by harbor-assist vessels.
Component 4 – A Shore Power Infrastructure
This will include removing the existing overhead lines and supplying shore power to the riverfront wharves.
- The Arthur Kill Offshore Wind Terminal Project in Staten Island, New York
They will receive funding of $48 million for dredging of almost 740,000 cubic yards to create a 35-foot-deep ship basin for supporting further development of the bordering 32-acre site, as a purpose-built offshore wind staging and assembly facility in Staten Island. The staging and assembly facility will enclose 32 acres of upland area, a 1,365-foot-long wharf with an adjacent laydown area that has increased the load-bearing capacity, and two program areas.
To see the full list of FY22 PIDP award recipients click here.
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