NOAA Awards $4.8 Million Construction Contract for its Atlantic Marine Operation Center

Recovery Act funds infrastructure projects at Norfolk facility

October 4, 2010

NOAA announced a $4,839,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act contract was awarded to American Bridge Company in Norfolk, Va., to repair its Marine Operational Center-Atlantic. The Recovery Act funds will help boost economic growth, create jobs and improve safety and operational capabilities at the Center. 

“The improvements from this Recovery Act funded project will improve both safety and operational capabilities at our Norfolk facility and, in turn, have a positive impact on our fleet operations in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico,” said Dr. Jane Lubchenco, under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.

The funding will help replace the seawall bulkhead and fendering system. The existing MOC-A bulkhead was constructed over 40 years ago and has exceeded its design service life, with deterioration of the bulkhead leading to sink holes and other conditions at the site. In addition to replacing the bulkhead, the project will also upgrade the sanitary sewer system and fiber-optic and internet cabling that support NOAA ships. NOAA is partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to make these repairs.

NOAA’s facility is the only NOAA-owned deepwater port on the East Coast that provides centralized management for operations, logistics, medical, and engineering support for nine NOAA ships operating in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. The NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson is home ported at MOC‐A and the facility also serves as a reliable port of call for other NOAA ships. The facility houses office and/or storage space for NOAA’s National Ocean Service Atlantic Hydrographic Branch, Navigational Response Team, Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, and Public Health Services, as well as Old Dominion University. 

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law by President Obama on Feb. 17, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century.

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