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Marine Log

February 23, 2007

Norfolk repairer plans more dredging

The Virginian-Pilot reports that topsides repair specialist Marine Hydraulics International Inc. plans more dredging to expand operations at its Lamberts Point, Norfolk, Va., shipyard.

The newspaper reports that the company has applied to dredge 119,000 cubic yards of Elizabeth River bottom at its Midtown yard near the West Ghent neighborhood, so it can bring in large Navy berthing barges.

The newspaper quotes Gary Brandt, MHI's president and chief executive, as saying the work would be added to a dredging permit MHI received a year ago as part of plans to install a dry dock alongside a pier it built in 2004 to accommodate large-deck Navy ships and commercial vessels.

The company has not purchased a dry dock and will not until all permits are in hand.

"Eventually, we will have a dry dock," the newspaper quotes Brandt as saying. "I can't give you anything firm. The permitting process takes a long time, and I don't want to spend $30 million on a dock and not be able to get a permit."