Gate Maritime Wharf and Intermodal Facilityby Viswanath K. Kumar, ABAM Engineers, Federal Way, United States,
William L. Allen, ABAM Engineers, Federal Way, United States,
Thomas A. Mantia, ABAM Engineers, Federal Way, United States,
Abstract: Gate Maritime Properties (GMP) is a small private port located in Jacksonville, Florida. In November of 1989, Gate signed a long-term lease agreement with the U.S. Department of the Navy to construct a wharf and storage area to be used for the U.S. Marine Corps' (USMC) maritime prepositioning of ships (MPS) program. Gate hired ABAM Engineers to be the program manager to design, bid, and monitor construction of the $13.1 million facility. The project was designed and built in less than 14 months. The facility was accepted by the U.S. Navy/USMC in mid-December of 1990 and was immediately used for shipping and receiving equipment needed to support 'Operation Desert Storm,' including berthing of some 23 vessels used in the operation. The 1000 by 95-foot heavy-duty marginal wharf was designed as an open pile-supported structure over a filled embankment. Other features of the wharf are fender system, utilities, and a 50-foot-gauge crane trackage.
Subject Headings: Ports and harbors | Ships | Harbor facilities | Building design | Bids | Agreements and treaties | Managers | North America | Florida | United States | Jacksonville
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