By Sue Brink, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $10.5 million contract Sept. 20 to Precon Marine Inc., a small business entity based in Chesapeake, Va., for refit and repairs of Wharf One at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia.
"Warf One was built in 1987 and now needs this recapitalization project," said James Moore, Pubilc Works Department Kings Bay waterfront planner. "Things you don't see, but are necessary for the structural integrity will be repaired. Our goal is to be good for another 30 years."
The work to be performed provides for reinforced concrete repairs on piles, pile caps, bull rails and edge beams. An impressed current cathodic protection system (ICCP) will also be installed on reinforced concrete pile caps and will include the installation of anodes and a bonding harness system on steel fender piles and camel guide piles. ICCPs are commonly used where there are increased current requirements for corrosion protection, where the driving voltage is greater than what can be obtained with galvanic systems and where there may be a need for enhanced control of the system.
Wharf One will also undergo a thorough cleaning, coating and installation of fender wraps to steel fender piles, and cleaning and coating of steel camel guide piles.
"This is a great opportunity for our small business partners," said Nelson Smith, NAVFAC Southeast small business deputy. "Every contract awarded to a small business helps to keep our nation's economy rolling."
Each year NAVFAC establishes target goals for Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, Historically Underutilized Business Zone Small Business, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, and Women-Owned Small Business categories. Smith explained that the maximum practicable utilization of small business concerns is a matter of national interest with both social and economic benefits.
Work is expected to be completed by February 2015.