Home » News » Public Safety
Buildings evacuated at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
Concerns about the stability of this contractor crane at teh Portsmouth Naval Shipyard forced the evacuation of several buildings Wednesday morning. (COURTESY)
KITTERY, Maine – Concern about an unstable contractor crane led the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to evacuate some buildings early Wednesday morning.
Shipyard spokesman Gary Hildreth said workers were evacuated around 8:38 a.m. as a precaution after the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Fire Department responded to a report of an unstable contractor crane adjacent to Building 178, one of the most prominent shipyard buildings.
"The crane is secured in a safe position and everybody's back to work," Hildreth said around 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday.
Building 178 is the massive Submarine Building Ways building bearing the shipyard name on a dark blue background facing the Piscataqua River. The building is currently undergoing repairs. Workers from nearby buildings were also evacuated.
The crane did not collapse and there were no injuries to personnel or damage to any structures, Hildreth said.
According to information provided by the shipyard on Wednesday, Environmental Chemical Corp. of Marlborough, Mass. was awarded a $38 million firm-fixed price contract in March 2012 for energy and structural repairs to Building 178. The crane contractor is Rose Steel.
READER COMMENTS: 2
- Dozens displaced by Manchester apartment building fire - 3
- Ossipee woman killed in late-night Moultonborough crash - 1
- Danville couple struggling to get back on feet after explosion - 2
- Farmington school evacuated for bomb threat; police say kids are safe - 0
- Claremont elementary school to get safer sidewalks - 0
- Fire leaves Derry family of four homeless - 0
- Homeless man rescues woman who jumped from Granite Street Bridge - 2
- Propane driver saved from waist-deep mud - 0
- Update: Men target practicing face felonies after report of shots fired in Hooksett - 5
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Dave D'Onfrio's Patriots Notebook: Finding a way to win - 0
- Sam Asano's Let's Invent: NoNose gets readers talking like nobody's business - 0
- Know the Law: Your trust can be named beneficiary of an IRA - 0
- Another View -- Bill O'Brien: Ask your state rep. to vote for transparency in the House - 1
- Old friends and a 'homeless angel' make for good stories anytime - 0
- Clooney gets it: Sony attack was not a 'crime' - 2
- New coats warm city kids, firefighters' hearts - 0
- NHIAA Roundup: Martin, Pinkerton top Salem in tournament - 0
- Inmate reported missing from Concord transitional unit - 0
The Sony hack: Kim's judgment of Obama
Tensions boil over after NYC police killings