January 1977 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

$12.5-Million Contract Awarded For Tampa 900-Foot Drydock

A $12.5-million contract for a new 900-foot drydock at the Port of Tampa, Fla., has been awarded by the Tampa Port Authority, and construction is scheduled to start in early 1977.

Jones-Mahoney Corporation, Tampa, was given the contract after competitive bidding. The award is contingent ^upon the sale by the Port Authority of a $23-million special-purpose bond issue. Completion of arrangements for the sale of the bonds is expected in the near future.

The dock will be operated by Tampa Ship Repair and Dry Dock Company of Tampa, a subsidiary of American Ship Building Company, Cleveland, Ohio, and a longterm tenant of the Port Authority.

The company will pay all debt service on the bonds over a period of 30 years.

The new dock will be built adjacent to the one which has been operated by Tampa Ship Repair and Dry Dock for more than 25 years. Studies have shown this 550-foot-long facility can no longer accommodate the new breed of larger tankers and dry bulk vessels. The studies also revealed maximum usage for the new dock.

The contract awarded to Jones- Mahoney Corporation is for the first phase of construction, excavation and pouring of concrete.

The second phase will be the addition of a lock gate, a system for pumping water from the dock and a whirley crane.

Present indications are the drydock will be in operation within two years.

Actual construction of the dock will be a large contribution to the economy of the Tampa area, both in labor and supplies. Completion will create an estimated 350 new jobs in ship repair work, with a payroll of $3.5 million annually.

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