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December 16, 2003

Caddell gets Barberi repair contract

Caddell Dry Dock and Repair of Staten Island will repair the Andrew J. Barberi ferry, starting sometime next week, the New York City Department of Transportation announced yesterday.

Caddell was awarded the repair for $5.958 million. It was lowest of two companies to bid on the contract. The Staten Island yard will make all necessary repairs to the ferry, which was damaged during an October 15 tragedy.

The contract calls for Caddell to deliver the boat to the Department of Transportation by May 15, 2004. According to the terms of the contract, Caddell will receive a bonus provision of $3,000 a day for a 15-day maximum if work is completed early. The company also will be penalized for $3,000 a day if work is not completed May 15.

The Andrew J. Barberi currently is housed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Sometime this week, a barge will deliver the boat to the company. Following work, the United States Coast Guard will test the Barberi, and the Barberi will be allowed to accept passengers again only after passing a Coast Guard inspection.

The Department of Transportation also announced that it has secured the services of Weidlinger Associates, an engineering firm, to conduct the design of the pier damaged at the St. George facility. Also, LiRo Kassner will provide resident engineering service during construction. The DOT is planning to bid for construction services in mid to late January 2004

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