Maintenance at Edmonds ferry dock

American Construction Company is doing maintenance at the Edmonds ferry dock
Jul 28, 2017
Photo by: Brian Soergel

It’s time for summer cleaning at the ferry dock.

The contractor American Construction Company is doing maintenance to landing aids for ferries as they approach the terminal. The landing aids are called dolphins and wingwalls. American Construction Company is our current on-call marine maintenance contractor.

“We inspect all of our landing aids at each ferry terminal annually, looking for damage to the wingwalls and dolphins,” WSF spokesman Ian Sterling said. “We then write the contractor a repair letter that authorizes maintenance repair work to be completed.”

Current work at Edmonds includes repositioning three dolphin fender panel piles with a vibratory pile driver and replacing the damaged marine fenders on the dolphins.

The contractor will also replace and tighten damaged bolts on the dolphins and wingwalls.

“These activates are basically similar to doing routine maintenance to your vehicle in for a 60,000-mile tune-up,” Sterling said.

“We try and get all the dolphins and wingwalls back into the original installed condition and function prior to the heavy weather season. Some of this work also needs to be completed while we are permitted to use pile driving equipment, July to February.”


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