Quonset opens fully renovated Pier 2

After a six-year refurbishment process, Quonset’s Pier 2 has been completed, with enhanced capabilities to serve cargo vessels and the offshore wind sector. The renovations will guarantee another 50 years of service at the pier, which has been in use since 1958, Quonset Development Corp. said. Managing Director Steven J King. / Courtesy of QUONSET DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

NORTH KINGSTOWN – After a six-year refurbishment process, Quonset’s Pier 2 has been completed, with enhanced capabilities to serve cargo vessels and the offshore wind sector.

The renovations will guarantee another 50 years of service at the pier, which has been in use since 1958, Quonset Development Corp. said. Managing Director Steven J King.

King was joined by Governor Daniel J. McKee Tuesday morning at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the completed pier.

The 64-year-old pier was in a delicate state, King said, and could no longer handle the heavy weights needed to carry cargo loads. The repairs have restored a cargo capacity of 1,000 pounds per square foot and allow Quonset to service more and larger vessels.

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The renovations add a new berth for ships, as well as a new seawall and assessment capacity at the site’s original berth. Crews have also dredged the waters around both areas.

A COMPARATIVE POSTER shows Pier 2 when it opened in 1958, compared to a modern depiction of the pier. / Courtesy of QUONSET DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

In addition to handling more and newer cars, the renovations will expand the port’s capabilities to serve the area’s burgeoning offshore wind industry, King said.

“We are trying to position Quonset as a hub of, ultimately, the long-term operations and long-term maintenance going forward as wind farms are built,” King said.

Quonset will provide construction support and staging, as well as material import and export to wind farm crews, King said. Crews will also be based at Quonset.

Earlier this year, Quonset announced it would house $2 million worth of equipment and helicopter offices for Danish renewable energy company Orsted A/S and Eversource Energy.

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The completed Pier 2 project came in at just over $83 million, which was $7 million lower than the originally projected price tag of $90 million.

Pier 2 is known as Quonset’s ‘workhorse’ pier due to its strong loading capacity, surrounding seawall and 16,000 hectares in size, making it the largest pier in the harbor.

The pier remained open throughout the phased renovation process.

Jacquelyn Voghel is a PBN staff writer. You can reach her at [email protected]

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