Austal USA could soon be using the Alabama Cruise Terminal to dock littoral combat ships and joint high speed vessels for testing and maintenance, if the Mobile City Council approves a contract it discussed Tuesday.
The contract would allow Austal to use the cruise terminal for a term of seven months with two, one-month renewals. The company’s use of the facility would end no later than August 2016, almost three months before Carnival Cruise Lines is expected to dock a ship there. Only one vessel would be docked at a time.
Rent would be paid through a series of improvements, totaling no more than $200,000, per the contract. Those improvements include electrical systems, security systems and protocols, among other items.
During a pre-conference meeting, President Gina Gregory indicated there would be little opposition to the contract by councilors.
“It will help us out in the long run and won’t cost the city anyway,” she said. “They’ll be long gone before the cruise ship arrives.”
Per council rules, the item was held over a week following first read.
Stimpson asks Navy for new USS Mobile
Mayor Sandy Stimpson last week sent a letter to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus asking that a future littoral combat ship (LCS) be named for the city in which they’re built. He also made the announcement at Tuesday’s meeting.
If the Navy decides to christen a ship the USS Mobile, it would be the fifth in history. The last, a Charleston class amphibious cargo ship, was decommissioned in 1994, Stimpson wrote in his letter.
“Mr. Secretary, I think it right to say that a little piece of Mobile goes into each of the Independence class LCS ships made here at Austal,” Stimpson wrote. “I ask that you consider naming the fifth USS Mobile as a tribute to those putting their heart and soul into every ship they build.”
Stimpson also took the time in the letter to mention what a successful year the city has had. He brought up the opening of the Airbus facility and the return of Carnival.
“These are testaments to the confidence the tourism and high-tech industry have in our workforce and in Mobile as a destination,” he wrote.
In other business, Stimpson announced former Ohio Governor and current presidential candidate John Kasich would be appearing in Mobile this week. Kasich will hold an event at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3. He is the second presidential candidate to visit Mobile, following frontrunner Donald Trump. Trump held a rally at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in August that made national headlines for its turnout and local headlines for costing taxpayers $16,000.
The council approved a $38,524 contract with American Tennis Courts for resurfacing of courts at Lyons Park. They also approved a $25,000 contract with Hutchinson, Moore & Rauch LLC for drainage improvements at the intersection of Mobile Infirmary Boulevard and Springhill Avenue.
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