AECOM (legacy Shimmick) performed the Pt. Loma Navy Fuel Pier project, replacing the U.S. Navy’s historic fueling pier 180 located at Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego, which has been servicing the fleet since 1907, with a new double-deck steel pile supported T-shaped fueling pier, located in deeper water outboard of the existing structure.
The initial phase of the project consisted of relocating the government-owned Marine Mammal Program, which would otherwise be impacted by the construction operations, to a new site, complete with all the required facilities to train and maintain these animals.
Upon completion of this unprecedented relocation, construction of the pier began. Major features of work included: demolition and removal of the existing pier structure and related appurtenances; new steel pipe piles; a double-deck fueling pier complete with a new fueling system and utilities; an advanced fire suppression system; a storm water collection system; and security improvements.
The project also included the construction of mooring dolphin extending the berthing length of the pier to 1,124.5 feet to allow the new pier to support vessels with drafts up to 40 feet.
Notably, the phased construction approach enabled the existing facility to remain operational during construction so that the iconic pier could continue to service the US Navy and Coast Guard, without interruption, a task that it has successfully accomplished for over 100 years.
The project was completed in 2018.