Newport Shipyard plans to add 560 feet of dockage, adding four berths to accommodate yachts more than 120 feet in length.
Two new dock fingers will be added on the north side of the longest dock, known as Charlie Dock, and four existing docks on the south side of Charlie Dock will be lengthened. That brings the total linear feet at the shipyard to 3,390 feet.
The Newport, R.I., yard and marina received final approval for the expansion from the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council on March 28. Work on the expansion, which is expected to generate about $500,000 a year, is scheduled to begin in early June.
“On several occasions, we had to turn away yachts requesting service due to the marina being full or berths not being large enough,” said Newport Shipyard General Manager Eli Dana, adding that 2016 was the yard’s busiest season on record. “Yachts are becoming increasingly larger in size, and it is our desire to keep them returning to Newport, both in the busy season and in the shoulder seasons when they are seeking major refit and repair work.”
The yard employs 75 people full time in the summer months as well as about 225 subcontractors year round.