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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.

Here are pictures of the work as it progressed.

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