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Jun 13

City Receives Grant for Improvements at Seafood Industrial Park

Posted on June 13, 2017 at 8:55 AM by Communications Department

The City’s Department of Development has been awarded a second grant for $404,627 from the Aid to Local Ports Grant Program to supplement city Capital Improvement Plan funding for refurbishment and improvements at the Seafood Industrial Park. The Aid to Local Ports Grant Program, sponsored by the Virginia Port Authority, is a state program to promote and enhance facilities that support commercial marine activities across the Commonwealth. SIP Boats_SC

This grant award helps to refurbish and improve the Outer Harbor Pier and provide additional mooring dolphins serving heavy marine industrial vessels, as well as the park’s ocean-going fishing fleet. The Outer Harbor Pier and Dolphins Project is designed to refurbish and modify the piers and barge moorings located just outside the main harbor adjacent to the I-664 tunnel island. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall. This project creates much needed additional trawler and barge moorings, and improves existing mooring and utilities at the piers.

In the past, the Port Authority has awarded the city just over $1 million through two other project improvement grants for the Seafood Industrial Park. In 2015, a grant of $638,292 was instrumental in accelerating the much needed Lower West Fender System Refurbishment and Modification Project within the inner harbor of the park.

The Seafood Industrial Park’s engagement and promotion of the commercial seafood industry and industrial marine activity at Newport News Marine Terminal and beyond has been recognized as a great asset to the Port of Hampton Roads and the Commonwealth. This 39-acre city-owned facility, located at Newport News Point in the Southeast community, is a hub of commercial marine activity providing lease revenue to the City, tax revenue, and local employment.