Ports Authority replacing 78 fenders at Puerto Nuevo docks
By John McPhaul
The Puerto Rico Ports Authority (APPR by its Spanish initials) on Wednesday began the project to replace 78 fenders at the loading docks C to H in the Port Zone of Puerto Nuevo, APPR Executive Director Joel A. Pizá Batiz announced.
The Ports chief said the fenders had to be replaced as soon as possible, since, due to their state of deterioration, they did not fulfill their function of providing protection to either cargo ships or the docks.
The official noted that it is the contractual responsibility of the APPR to provide the necessary equipment for the safe use of the loading docks.
“For these purposes, the Engineering Directorate carried out a bidding process by public notice to supply the 78 fenders, including the materials for the anchoring system,” Pizá Batiz said. “This equipment will be installed by personnel from the Port Conservation Division of APPR, which has vast experience doing such work.”
The contract was awarded to Del Valle Group SP, the company with the lowest bid of $1,170,000 and which provided all documents and met all bidding requirements.
The APPR managed the purchase order with the agency’s own funds, and the fenders and their respective anchorage systems arrived on the island early this week.
Officials estimated that the work, which will be done in stages and coordinated with the shipping companies operating in Puerto Nuevo in order not to affect their operations, will take between 10 and 12 weeks.
“We continue with Gov. Pedro Pierluisi’s plan for capital improvements to rehabilitate and strengthen maritime infrastructure, in this case to ensure that our food and supply chain is one more resilient and safe,” Pizá Batiz said.