Marinas are ubiquitous in every coastal town and waterway. Scenic rows of pilings and docks, filled with boats bobbing with the breeze and current are the stuff of postcards. Every marina has its own story that makes it special. Some marinas are fortunate to have simple designs and straightforward installations. Sometimes, natural or manmade circumstances pose challenges to both engineers and installers.
Pacific Maritime Group has seen it all over the years. We know and appreciate the value that experience and proficiency can bring to the table. When the Orange Coast College Maritime Training Center in Newport Beach, California needed to renovate its aging marina, PMG was selected to be a critical part of the Team.
Under contract to Swift Slip, PMG crews were tasked with removing 25 year-old pipe pile and 16” concrete pile to make way for 23 new, larger 18” x 50’ octagon pile using our 125-ton American 7530 floating crane. The piling were installed with an APE Model 200 pile driver. Our crews used mechanical chisels and subsurface drilling to break through a stubborn rock layered substrate to make way for the new, large piles.
The newly refurbished marina is beautiful and functional and will serve the Orange Coast College Maritime Training Center well for many years.