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ESTADO LIBRE ASOCIADO DE PUERTO RICO

DEPARTAMENTO RECURSOS NATURALES Y AMBIENTALES


OF/CINA DE SECRETARIA
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SOLICITUD CONJUNTA
("JOINT PERMIT'?

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FECHA DE SOLICITUD

: 17 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2014

A GENCIA

PETICIONARIO

: A UTORIDAD DE PUERTOS

DESCRIPCION

CULEBRA FERRY TERMINAL


JOINT PERMIT# 1397

FECHA DE ENVIO
RECIBIDO POR

CUERPO DE INGENIEROS
SINDULFO CASTILLO

17 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2014

DIRECTORA
OF/CINA DE SECRETARIA

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U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS


APPLICATION FOR DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY PER'T
33 CFR 325. The proponent agency is CECW-CO-R.

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Form Approved OMB No. 0710-0003


31-AUGUST-2013

Pu_blic reporting for this collection of


is estimated to average 11 hours per
searching
existing data sources, gathering and ma1nta1ning the data needed, and completing and

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t . end comments regarding
this burden estimate.or any other aspect of the collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to Department of Defense,
Washington Headquarters, Executive Services and Communications Directorate, Information Management Division and to the Office of Management and
Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project (0710-0003). Respondents should be aware that notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be
subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if it does not display a currently valid OMB control number. Please DO NOT
RETURN your form to either of those addresses. Completed applications must be submitted to the District Engineer having jurisdiction over the location of
the proposed activity.
PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT
Authorities: Rivers and Harbors Act, Section 10, 33 USC 403; Clean Water Act, Section 404, 33 USC 1344; Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries
Act, Section 103, 33 USC 1413; Regulatory Programs of the Corps of Engineers; Final Rule 33 CFR 320-332. Principal Purpose: Information provided on
this form will be used in evaluating the application for a permit. Routine Uses: This information may be shared with the Department of Justice and other
federal, state, and local government agencies, and the public and may be made available as part of a public notice as required by Federal law. Submission
of requested information is voluntary, however, if information is not provided the permit application cannot be evaluated nor can a permit be issued. One set
of original drawings or good reproducible copies which show the location and character of the proposed activity must be attached to this application (see
sample drawings and/or instructions) and be submitted to the District Engineer having jurisdiction over the location of the proposed activity. An application
that is not completed in full will be returned.
(ITEMS 1 THRU 4 TO BE FILLED BY THE CORPS)
1. APPLICATION NO.

2. FIELD OFFICE CODE

3. DATE RECEIVED

(ITEMS BELOW TO BE FILLED BY


5. APPLICANT'S NAME
First - Rome!

4. DATE APPLICATION COMPLETE

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8. AUTHORIZED A s ; ; : : ; ; , oot '"1"1rnd)


Middle -

Last - Pedraza

First - Gabnel

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ast - Hernandez

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Company - Puerto Rico Ports Authority

Company - Atkins Caribe,

E-mail Address - rpedraza@prpa.pr.gov

E-mail Address - gabriel.hernandez@atkinsglobal.com

6. APPLICANT'S ADDRESS:

9. AGENT'S ADDRESS:

Address- PO Box 362829

Address- Metro Office Park Lote 8 Calle 1, Suite 102

City - San Juan

State - PR

Zip- 00936 Country-US

7. APPLICANT'S PHONE NOs. w/AREA CODE


a. Residence

City - Guaynabo

State- PR

Zip - 00968 Country-US

10. AGENTS PHONE NOs. w/AREA CODE

b. Business

c. Fax

787.729.8715 x3178

787.722.7867

a. Residence

b. Business

c. Fax

787.294.2010

787.294.2002

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STATEMENT OF AUTHORIZATION

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Atkins Caribe, LLP


11. I hereby authorize,
to act in my behalf as my agent in the processing of this application _and
supplemental information in support of this permit application.

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NAME, LOCATION, AND DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT OR ACTIVITY
12. PROJECT NAME OR TITLE (see instructions)

Culebra Cargo Ramp Reconstruction/Repair, Sardinas Bay


13. NAME OF WATERBODY, IF KNOWN (if applicable)

14. PROJECT STREET ADDRESS (if applicable)

Caribbean Sea, Sonda de Vieques

Address Culebra Ferry Terminal

15. LOCATION OF PROJECT


Longitude: W 6518'9.48"

Latitude: N 1818'5.47"
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City - Culebra

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State- Puerto Rico

Zip- 00775

16. OTHER LOCATION DESCRIPTIONS, IF KNOWN (see instructions)


Municipality

State Tax Parcel ID


Section -

Township-

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Range PREVIOUS EDITIONS ARE OBSOLETE.

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17. DIRECTIONS TO THE SITE


From San Juan, head east on Road 26 until reaching the toll for Route 66; once exiting Route 66, take Road 3 to Fajardo. Exit on the left
(east) on Valero Avenue for approximately 2 miles, following signs that lead to the Fajardo Ferry Terminal; turn left on Road 195 for
approximately 1.5 miles until reaching the Fajardo Ferry Terminal. Take the ferry to Culebra; the location of the project is on the port of
Culebra.

18. Nature of Activity (Description of project, include all features)


The reconstruction/repair of the cargo platform of the Culebra Ferry Terminal in Sardinas Bay and the construction of an Auxiliary Cargo
Ferry Terminal in San Ildefonso (Ensenada Honda), which includes, but is not limited, to the descriptions included on Attachment A.

19. Project Purpose (Describe the reason or purpose of the project, see instructions)
The existing cargo platform at the Culebra Ferry Terminal, has deteriorated beyond repair, and suffered further damage from the passing of
Hurricane Irene on 2010. The project proposes to demolish the existing facility and replace it over the existing footprint. Mooring
dolphins and passenger catwalks are proposed to address existing safety shortcomings. The size of the existing terminal is inadequate to
handle simultaneously the cargo and passenger operations plus the reconstruction of the cargo ramp . An evaluation of alternative cargo
operations during reconstruction resulted in the proposed construction of an auxiliary cargo pier at San Ildefonso in Ensenada Honda Bay,
the safest harbor in the region and the location for the US Navy operation from 1903 until their departure in 1975.

Note that NEPA compliance is in progress concurrently.

USE BLOCKS 20-23 IF DREDGED AND/OR FILL MATERIAL IS TO BE DISCHARGED

20. Reason(s) for Discharge

The installation of new pilings: Approximately 33 round steel piles concrete filled 20 inches in diameter at Sardinas Bay; and
approximately 3 round steel piles 20 inches in diameter, 6 round steel piles 14 inches in diameter, all concrete filled, and 10 H-piles
measuring 14 inches at San Ildefonso.
The demolished, uncontaminated material (concrete, re bar) will be disposed of at the Culebra Landfill or a previously approved location.

Type(s) of Material Being Discharged and the Amount of Each Type in Cubic Yards:
Type
Type
Amount in Cubic Yards
Amount in Cubic Yards

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Type
Amount in Cubic Yards

Concrete & rebar-400


22. Surface Area in Acres of Wetlands or Other Waters Filled (see instructions)

Acres
or

0.03

Linear Feet
Description of Avoidance, Minimization, and Compensation (see instructions)
Four alternatives where considered: Keep operations in Sardinas Bay, construct an alternate cargo terminal at the Fulladosa Dock in
Ensenada Honda Bay, construct an auxiliary cargo terminal at San Ildefonso in Ensenada Honda Bay, and the No action alternative. The
chosen action alternative, the construction of an auxiliary cargo terminal at San Ildefonso in Ensenada Honda Bay, provides an existing
structure, with an existing and historic use as a port, which will minimize impacts to coastal and upland areas. Ensenada Honda provides
adequate land (Road 250) and maritime access (with USCG maintained navigation channel and aids)

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24. Is Any Portion of the Work Already Complete? 0Yes

l_g]No

IF YES, DESCRIBE THE COMPLETED WORK

25. Addresses of Adjoining Property Owners, Lessees, Etc., Whose Property Adjoins the Waterbody

(11 more than can be entered here, please attach a supplemental list)

a. Address-

City-

State -

Zip -

State -

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b. Address-

City-

c. Address-

Cityd. Address-

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e. Address-

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26. List of Other Certificates or Approvals/Denials received from other Federal, State, or Local Agencies for Work Described in This Application.
AGENCY

US Coast Guard

TYPE APPROVAL*

IDENTIFICATION
NUMBER

Endorsement

n/a

DATE APPLIED

2014-10-10

DATE APPROVED

DATE DENIED

2014-10-27

*Would include but is not restricted to zoning, building, and flood plain permits
27. Application is hereby made for permit or permits to authorize the work described in this application. I certify that this information in this application is

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The Application must be signed by the person who desires to undertake the proposed activity (applicant) or it may be signed by a duly
authorized agent if the statement in block 11 has been filled out and signed.
18 U.S.C. Section 1001 provides that Whoever, in any manner within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States
knowingly and willfully falsifies, conceals, or covers up any trick, scheme, or disguises a material fact or makes any false, fictitious or
fraudulent statements or representations or makes or uses any false writing or document knowing same to contain any false, fictitious or
fraudulent statements or entry, shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than five years or both.
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Block 18-Nature of Activity (Attachment A)


The nature of the activities is the replacement of the cargo platform in the Culebra Ferry Terminal
and the construction of an Auxiliary Cargo Ferry Terminal in San Ildefonso (Ensenada Honda),
which includes, but is not limited to the following description: Approximately 27 15x15 H-piles
that will be cut at the mudline and removed; the existing concrete platform, which measures
approximately 4,907 square feet, will be demolished; 25 replacement piles with a diameter of 20
inches will be driven over the existing Cargo Ramp footprint; and build the replacement Cargo
Ramp, which will measure approximately 5,501 square feet. A catwalk measuring approximately
10

feet in width will be built to allow passengers to board and disembark through the side of the

cargo ferry, as required by the US Coast Guard enforcement, per Maritime Transportation
Security Act.

Two mooring dolphins will be located; one at the end of the cargo/passenger

catwalk, and one for the passenger ferry vessel, which will also serve for improved docking safety
and usability of the passenger ferry platform.

For this upgrade, 12 pilings 16 to i8 inches in

diameter will be added.


The proposed Culebra Auxiliary Cargo Ferry Terminal includes the construction of a floating
pontoon platform measuring 40 feet in length with a width of 56 feet (2,334.18 square feet) and 4
to 6 round steel pipes with a diameter of 14 to 18 inches, driven into the bottom 35 to 38 feet
below msl. A vehicular bridge (platform) measuring 35 feet long by 22 feet wide (770 square feet)
will connect the pontoon platform to land. A structural aluminum catwalk will connect the
existing pier and the pontoon platform, allowing passengers to board and disembark the ferry
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while docked. A pile cap and fender measuring 56 feet in length by 6 feet in width

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feet) with approximately ten H-piles that will measure 14 to i8 inches will be installd 011 th<'t
seaward side of the pontoon platform, with two new cast steel bollards installed at

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structure will allow the cargo ferry to dock with the pontoon platform without daiJ:taging tht;
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structure. A mooring dolphin will be added for improved docking safety, which' includes 3 piling$
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20 inches in diameter. Partial demolition work of an existing concrete decl( Ts reiired. No


dredging will take place in the area.

Joint Permit Application


for the Replacement of the Cargo Ferry Platform
Culebra, Puerto Rico

Department

Commander
U. S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan

'U.S.
Homeland Security

United States
Coast Guard

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5 Calle La Puntilla
San Juan, PR 00901
Phone: (787) 729-2376
Fax: (787) 729-2377
Email: d07-dg-secsj-facilities@uscg mil

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October 27, 2014


Therese W. McMillan
Acting Administrator
Federal Transit Administration
1200 New Jersey A venue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
Dear Ms. McMillan,
The Puerto Rico Ports Authority has requested that l write an opinion on the Culebra pier project
which FTA may provide funding for. Among my responsibilities as the Captain of the Port for
Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, I am responsible for the safety and security of maritime
facilities and waterways management projects. Further, I am invested in ensuring the integrity
and continuity of the maritime transportation system, including the recovery of this system after
a disruptive event like a natmal disaster. In keeping with these responsibilities, I firmly believe
that the proposed San Ildefonso Auxiliary Tem1inal not only will be an asset to the life and
economy of Culebra, but also will be a critical component to ensuring that there is an alternate
means for vessels to deliver fuel, food, goods and passengers to the island.
The only other existing port facility sizeable enough to handle commercial vessel traffic (that
includes a cargo ramp to accommodate vehicular traffic) in Culebra is located in Bahia de
Sardinas, an open harbor that receives heavy winds and waves due to the prevailing weather
patterns in the area. In the past, hunicanes have extensively damaged the Bahia de Sardinas
facility for weeks at a time, disrupting commerce, commuters and tourism (Culebra's main
source of income). The absence of a suitable alternate cargo vessel dock to receive basic
habitation services for this island is both a safety and security concem for me. Ensenada Honda
is a very well protected harbor which assists in minimizing heavy weather impact on pier
structures. Additionally, the Coast Guard maintains the federal navigation aids in this area
including ten navigation buoys, an outer range channel marker and an inner range cham1el
marker.
As you are likely aware, the physical limitations of the aiqmrt on Culebra are such that the
supply chain that provides services to the island must heavily rely on uninterrupted maritime
transportation. As such, I unequivocally endorse this project that Vv'.ill provide Culebra with an
alternative marine terminal facility in Ensenada Honda.

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