Measure twice, dig once

The Port of Seattle completed renovations on a terminal to accommodate container ships. Container terminals need cranes. Cranes need power. And because a contractor screwed up, the power cables don't fit.

From the Seattle Times:

A small mistake at the Port of Seattle is going to cost a lot, perhaps about $1 million.

The problem is 2/100ths of an inch, and it delayed the opening of a celebrated project by two months.

The Port constructed a new cargo terminal on the Seattle waterfront and dug a trench to hold the electrical cable for cranes that lift containers from ships.

The new trench, built by contractor BergerABAM, is narrower than it should be, so the cable doesn't fit.

"Clearly the contractor should've built the trench at 2.52 inches and it's 2.5," said Port Commission President Bill Bryant.


What I don't get is why this is going to cost the Port of Seattle anything. It seems that the contractor screwed up, and the contractor should therefore pay for its mistake. While the article goes on to say the Port will be discussing the issue at a meeting, it seems they should take the initial position at least, that the contractor should be on the hook.

Unless the Port screwed up a the specs (a detail absent from the article).

The whole things just seems kind of silly to me.


Mike Golch said...

I'd say that it is funny to me,but because of a tiny screwup it will cost a lot of money and the city will be the biggest loser money wise.

Cromely said...

@Mike Golch: Exactly. This is where the SEA landing fees go.