Marine Research Pier Completed
By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
March 12, 2008
Construction on the new marine research laboratory pier in New Castle is
essentially finished nearly15 months after it was begun. Funding for the
project, which originally included plans for a new laboratory, was secured
from NOAA in 2001 but site problems for the lab stalled the venture until
December 2006 when it was decided to just go forward with the pier.
Work that remains to be finished includes installing a security gate, testing
of the jib crane and sewer pumps, minor electrical work and a few tasks that
can’t be completed until the weather clears.
Most of the underground utility work has been completed. Public Service
of New Hampshire has moved its wires into an underground duct bank system
and has swapped the Coast Guard services to the new feeds. The same needs
to be done with Comcast so old overhead lines that run across the Town Landing
and the UNH cove can be removed.
The fish pens are under the pier and researchers are using it to make deliveries
to the pens. Vessels can’t berth at the pier there until power is available
on the floating docks. The NOAA swath vessel that will be home ported at
the pier is expected to arrive in the spring of 2009.
are pictures of the work as it progressed.