Commissioners at the Port of Newport in Oregon have approved a $117,124 contract with KPFF Engineers to inspect the pilings under the roll-on, roll-off dock at the port’s International Terminal, the port announced Sept. 30.
“It’s been 10 years since we’ve looked at these pilings and they aren’t all under cathodic protection, so we want to keep a close eye on them,” Port Director of Operations Aaron Bretz said. “Under that section of dock, there are a lot of pilings packed into a small, concentrated area because it is for a very high-capacity load.”
Various tools such as steel samplings, ultrasonic tests, visual inspection and inspection below the mud line are expected to be used, he said. A repair plan is expected to be developed to address any issues, according to the port.
“Part of the scope is also to go ahead and get permitting for that work so that we have permits going into the next season,” Bretz said.