Port of Albany Wharf Extention
- Nov 3, 2011
Epoxy-coated reinforcing steel is being used in concrete in a project to replace an 80-year-old wooden docks at the Port of Albany. The 800 feet of additional dock space will allow the port to handle four heavy lift ships at one time while still being able to accommodate smaller scrap metal and grain ships. The port also has handled a variety of cargo from subway car bodies and scrap metal to molasses and wheat.
Port officials estimate that the port is responsible for supporting more than 4,500 jobs across the state, and has an annual economic impact of $813 million. The wharf replacement project alone created 60 construction jobs and is expected to create 50 new longshoremen positions.
The new facilities double the number of ships that can be handled at one time, and the new rail line allows cargo to be moved directly between train and ship, eliminating intermediate trucking and saving time and fuel. The facility larger ships and more cargo.
The new wharf can handle up to 1,200 lbs. per square foot, twice the load that the timber wharf could support.