The Port of San Francisco approved a $4.9 million settlement with the former operator of the Pier 70 dry dock Tuesday, which left the West Coast’s largest shipyard in dire need of repair.
BAE Systems, the former operator, is still entangled in litigation with another dry dock operator, Puglia Engineering Inc.
In the aftermath of that Pier 70 drydock saga, more than 240 union ship repair workers were laid off, and the future of San Francisco’s historic ship repair dock remains uncertain.
BAE’s settlement money to the Port, however, may aid the Port in repairing the dry dock, which needs significant dredging and other long-term repair, including a $3 million electrical system overhaul.
“While the legal dispute continues between the Port’s former operators, the Port appreciates BAE working diligently with the Port and City Attorney’s Office to reach this settlement which will help recover operations at the Shipyard quickly,” Elaine Forbes, Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco, said in a statement.
The nearly 50 acres of land and two historic dry docks at Pier 70 may return to operation soon, as the Port also approved a request for proposals to find a new operator Tuesday. The dry docks still need to be dredged, which includes some repairwork that may fall on this new operator, the Port previously told the San Francisco Examiner.
In a previous interview, Peter Dailey, deputy director of Port maritime operations, said the Port is taking “lessons learned” as it finds a new operator, to ensure the drydocks do not again fall into a state of disrepair.
“I’m encouraged we’ll be in a stronger position with the yard once we get through this hell,” he said.
“There will be challenges,” he added, yet, “there seems to be a lot of interest from operators and labor to get back ships. The sooner that can happen, the better for all concerned.”
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