Commercial fishermen's dock bid awarded to Delong Marine

Construction scheduled to begin in next three weeks
By Ben Holbrook | Jan 19, 2013
Photo by: Ben Holbrook City Manager Joseph Slocum explains to the Harbor Committee the process for selecting a contractor to build the commercial fishermen's dock.

Belfast — Belfast awarded the bid to construct a commercial fishermen’s dock to Delong Marine in the amount of $144,218.

Brewer-based Delong Marine was the lowest bidder by about $25,000 and City Manager Joseph Slocum said the company received favorable reviews for work performed on previous projects. Slocum noted that because the company is a smaller business, he would supervise the project more to ensure it stays on schedule.

The city received bids from Prock Marine, Maritime Construction and Engineering, Wyman and Simpson Inc., Shed City and Belmont Boatworks.

Shed City and Belmont Boatworks submitted only partial bids for the project.

Slocum explained to members of the Harbor Committee that the city considered choosing Prock Marine, the second-lowest bidder, because of past experience with the company and the knowledge that Prock had the manpower and equipment to do the job.

“One of the things we needed to know was, did he [Delong] have the people and the equipment to do the job,” Slocum said.

As the second-lowest bidder, Prock Marine was nearly selected, Slocum said. There are no city statutes that require a job be awarded to the lowest bidder.

In terms of the equipment needed to do the job, Slocum said, the company needs to rent a larger hammer to drive the pilings, as the hammer owned by Delong is not large enough.

Northeast Marine will supply the larger hammer to Delong, Slocum said.

As part of the bid review process, Slocum said city staff reviewed Delong’s financial information and ensured that there were no conflicting jobs that would impact the company’s ability to finish the job on time.

Slocum said the company is financially sound and there weren’t any jobs that would conflict with the commercial fishermen’s dock project. The only major concern for the city was whether enough greenheart pilings would be available.

Greenheart is a South American untreated hardwood that is resistant to water rot. Because of Hurricane Sandy, Slocum said, the supply of greenheart was disrupted; however, the city was able to find a supply that could be delivered within a couple of weeks.

City Planner Wayne Marshall said the construction is expected to be finished by early April, with the pilings being driven by April 2. Slocum said the city is shooting to have the pilings driven a week earlier than the April 2 deadline, if possible.

State statute requires pilings to be driven no later than mid-April in order to prevent any disruption of migrating fish populations. Because of those restrictions and other projects that are scheduled to begin this spring, such as the harbor walk, Slocum said, it is important that the commercial fishermen’s dock construction move forward in a timely manner.

“He’s not going to get paid if he’s not on time,” Slocum said. When the city considered constructing the new dock, it set aside $120,000 from a settlement with the former Belfast Bridge LLC. During a telephone interview with The Republican Journal, Marshall said the project estimate was $170,000.

Marshall said the remaining funding to cover the $144,000-plus project comes from a Harbor reserve account.

Construction is scheduled to begin on the dock within the next three weeks, with the project being completed by mid-April, Marshall said.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook can be reached at 338-3333 or at bholbrook@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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