Board approves more than $7 million in contracts
The SC State Ports Authority (SCSPA) Board of Directors approved $7.4 million in terminal improvement and investment projects, including a demolition contract that clears the slate for port expansion at the former Navy Base.
‘This is the next concrete step toward the new terminal in North Charleston,’ said Bernard S. Groseclose, Jr., president & CEO of the SCSPA, referring to the ultimate development of a new 280-acre, 1.4 million-teu container terminal that has received all necessary federal and state permits.
The demolition project involves removing all above and below ground buildings, structures, pavements and utilities within Phase I of the new terminal, or approximately 171 acres. The Board awarded the project to D.H. Griffin Wrecking of West Columbia at a cost of $1 million. Once underway next month, this phase of demolition will be completed in about six months.
Already, two separate test embankments sites have been constructed on the port expansion site to determine soil conditions, and in June, the Board approved an $8-million contract for PB to perform construction management services related to site preparation of Phase I.
In other action, the Board approved projects to support and enhance the SCSPA’s existing facilities and business.
A contract for berth maintenance dredging was awarded to Marinex Construction of Charleston for $1,425,750. Approximately 225,000 cubic yards of silt will be removed from berths at three of the SCSPA’s terminals. Columbus Street Terminal will be dredged to -52 feet at mean low water (MLW) in Berth 3 and to -42 feet MLW in Berths 4 and 5. Union Pier Terminal will be dredged to -45 feet MLW and the Wando Welch Terminal to -50 feet MLW. Work will begin this month and run through November.
To support increased customer demand and the move of the Grand Alliance carriers to North Charleston Terminal, the Board approved a $2.1-million project for Metro Electric of Charleston to prepare a new container marshaling area and provide facilities to power an additional 154 refrigerated containers. Construction of the new plugs will be complete in January 2008.
The SCSPA Board also approved a $2.9-million contract for eVerge of Texas to implement and integrate a new Enterprise Resource Planning system. Oracle’s PeopleSoft was selected for all financial, HR, payroll and labor functions.