A series of infrastructure improvements have been instigated at the behest of Transportation Secretary LaHood to provide midshipmen the tools and resources they need for a top-notch education. These include renovations to Delano Hall, campus water main replacement, and installation of emergency preparedness generators.
Construction has began on the United States Merchant Marine Academy's new Mallory Pier. Construction crews from Russell Marine have had a barge on-site in Hague Basin since early January focused on the first phase of the project, which required preparing the old pier to help support the new construction. Last week the first pre-cast concrete piles arrived by barge, and after much anticipation, the first test pile of the new pier was driven into the Long Island Sound seabed.
The new pier will have a maximum draft of 12 ft. and will accommodate the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy's Training Vessels including the TV Kings Pointer and TV Liberator, U.S. Coast Guard vessels from Station Kings Point, and other visiting government, military and educational vessels. The entire project is coming in at about $1 million under the estimated cost at $12.5 million and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2014.