Bellingham Marine to update fire suppression system for Shoreline Marina

Shoreline Marina, located near Downtown Long Beach, will be updated, costing nearly $575,000.

LONG BEACH—Bellingham Marine Industries, Inc., a reputable marine construction group involved with many coastal projects in Southern California, was awarded the contract to upgrade a fire suppression system for Shoreline Marina in Long Beach. In the project’s contract, it is stated the total budget should not exceed $571,643.

In a consent calendar agenda item, City Council voted to green-light the contract.

According to a staff report, “City Council approval is requested to enter into a contract with Bellingham Marine Industries, Inc. (Bellingham), for the rehabilitation of the fire suppression system for Shoreline Marina. Given the importance of the safety to our boating community, the city of Long Beach … has identified Shoreline Marina as requiring an update to the fire suppression system, which was last upgraded in 2007, to meet the City Fire Code requirements.”

The staff report further described that an engineering consultant had been hired to save money and increase safety due to the upgraded requirement per the City Fire Code. On Aug. 29, 2018, a request for proposals (RFP) was advertised in Long Beach Press-Telegram. In the city’s electronic bidding system, 19 proposers downloaded the RFP requirements.

Bellingham Marine has worked in many coastal cities along Southern California and is no stranger to Long Beach. On April 27, 2018, The Log covered a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the new Alamitos Bay Marina, which included a $105 million overhaul of the boating venue with 1,600 slips. The new marina has been praised for its state-of-the-art facilities, including in-slip pumpout system, rounded slip fingers, concrete floats, and ADA accessible gangways.

In the article, Nina Moussavi, a staff member from City Council member Suzie Price’s office, was quoted as saying: “The marinas, if you don’t know, are a big economic asset to the city. They employ [more than] 100 individuals and we generate about $22 million in slip revenue annually.”

Bellingham Marine’s presence in Southern California extends beyond Long Beach, of course. The marine construction company is also working on a project in South Orange County.

Joseph Ueberroth, who is the chairman for Bellingham Marine, in October 2018 became one third of Dana Point Harbor Partners (DPHAP), a “best of class” core of commercial, hotel and marina developers tasked with the revitalization of the outdated harbor. Revitalizing Dana Point Harbor has been a goal for more than 20 years. The county of Orange, who operated the harbor for 13 years, finally signed a lease with the private sector develop the Dana Point waterfront venue.

Shoreline Marina opened in 1982 and still features 1,624 slips for boats ranging from 25 to 90 feet in length. Its location is in the downtown area of Long Beach, between the Queen Mary and Long Beach Convention Center.

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