The Port of Los Angeles is one of the busiest ports in the world, and soon the nearby LA Waterfront will become an attraction of its own for locals and visitors alike. As part of the Port of Los Angeles’ $36 million Town Square & Promenade project to revitalize the LA Waterfront, Bellingham Marine supplied one of the most prominent features linking the water to the land. Bellingham designed and manufactured a durable, state-of-the-art 600-foot floating dock and acted as a consultant on-site during installation of the dock. The project broke ground in January 2020, and Phase One was recently completed in October 2021.
Previously inaccessible to recreational boaters, this new dock will provide access to bring visitors to the waterfront. Built between the Los Angeles Maritime Museum to the North and the cruise terminal to the South, Bellingham Marine’s 15-foot wide, 600-foot long floating dock will provide ample space for visiting boaters to experience the revitalized waterfront, and access the West Harbor development, once it’s completed and opens in 2023.
Bellingham Marine is well versed in working with existing marina infrastructure to integrate new systems with old, skilled in tackling phased projects at the client’s desired pace. As a licensed general contractor, Bellingham Marine provides a turnkey solution that includes electrical, fire suppression, and pile driving, serving as a one-stop shop for the client.
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the San Diego Bay, located in the center of the Coronado Cays Neighborhood, the Kingston Village waterfront condos each come with their own boat slip boasting brilliant views and direct access to the San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
Over the years, the docks have gone through several rounds of repair and replacement, and the current Coronado Cays Homeowners Association is working to update the entire system with the state-of-the-art Bellingham Marine concrete Unifloat system to last well into the future. The general plan is to replace main walkways and fingers, eliminating the most critical sections first, and for each phase, the most immediate needs are identified, and the scope of work is generated based on the budget.
The most recent phase was completed earlier this year, including replacing sections of the main walkways and fingers on Kingston West, South, and East. Although the docks are physically connected and owned by the same entity, the boundary lines split the docks between two different jurisdictions, the city of Coronado and the Port of San Diego. The South and West docks falling under the city of Coronado’s jurisdiction were covered by a CEQA exemption when rebuilding docks in like kind, which made the permitting process much easier. Falling under the Port of San Diego’s jurisdiction, the East dock permitting process was lengthier, first requiring approval from the Port of San Diego, then approval to proceed from the Army Corps of Engineers and Programmatic Certification for Regional Water Quality. Bellingham Marine is familiar with and understands these unique challenges in dealing with different jurisdictions simultaneously, which is crucial to a smooth permitting process.
One homeowner on the island of Via Lido recently decided to upgrade his private dock from a wood fixed-pier system to a newly reconfigured concrete dock system. Bellingham Marine was contracted by the owner to lead and manage the project from start to finish, utilizing a design/build approach.
Newport Harbor is one of the largest recreational harbors on the west coast and known as the Jewel of Newport Beach. The semi-artificial harbor was formed in the early 1900s after the Newport Bay estuary was dredged. Shortly after, seven man-made islands were built and what was once a harbor that supported a range of marine-related industries from boat and shipbuilding to commercial fishing is now used almost entirely for recreational purposes such as boating, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding.
Newport Harbor is home to nearly 9,000 boats, and its shores are lined with private homes and about 900 of which have private docks. As the recreational market in Newport Harbor continues to grow, many of its homeowners are choosing to invest in upgrades. Continue Reading…
In April 2019, the Oceanside City Council awarded the J Dock replacement contract to Bellingham Marine, bringing the project full circle as the original dock systems were designed and built by Bellingham Marine in the early 1980s.
Along Southern California’s scenic coastline lies Oceanside, the only harbor located between Orange County and the City of San Diego. The Harbor is well known for aquatic activities such as deep-sea fishing, whale watching tours, boat rentals, sandy beaches, and surfing. Alongside these attractions, Oceanside Harbor features a charming fishing village that is reminiscent of the architecture of Cape Cod, featuring a lighthouse, quaint boutiques, and local restaurants. The harbor was constructed in the 1960s and boasts a total of 950 slips. Aside from a partial renovation in the 1980s, it has remained relatively unchanged until the past year.
Of the 42 docks within the harbor, the J Dock is one of the largest and oldest original docks, consisting of 52 slips ranging from 32 to 55 lineal feet. Three decades of exposure to ocean saltwater and heat had taken their toll on the original structures and as a result the dock had reached the end of its useful life necessitating a replacement. In April 2019, the Oceanside City Council awarded the J Dock replacement contract to Bellingham Marine, bringing the project full circle as the original dock systems were designed and built by Bellingham Marine in the early 1980s.
Bellingham Marine repairs 1,200 linear feet structural damage at the Los Angeles Venice Fishing Pier.
The Venice Fishing Pier reaches out from beige sand beaches into the Pacific Ocean along the coastline of Southern California. The 16-foot-wide pier is supported by a total of 157 concrete piles. Throughout its life, the concrete piles supporting the structure have been continuously exposed to the ravages of ocean saltwater. Over time the saltwater exposure has caused corrosive reactions with the metallic material resulting in deterioration of the structure and significantly reducing the structural integrity of the pier itself.
The City of Los Angeles Board of Recreation and Park Commissioners announced a bid for project proposals to address these issues, and in August of 2020 Bellingham Marine was awarded the contract for the first phase of repairs. The contract scope included concrete repair and a comprehensive restoration of 1,200 linear feet of structure on the underside of the pier. Bellingham Marine repaired 42 concrete piles with FRP repair jacket sizes ranging from 10’ to 20’ long and 25” diameter. The structural damage to the Pier was so significant that equipment was unable to be utilized on the pier and required repairs to be made with limited machinery.