DE LONG FLOATING PIER -
DeLong Floating Pier expedited port construction.
Patented by the DeLong Corporation, the piers were
sectional and were fabricated outside of the theater
in a variety of sizes and configurations. They were
then towed to a site and quickly emplaced.
DeLong piers made it possible to develop additional
deep-draft ports and berths at Qui Nhon, Vung Tau,
Cam Rahn Bay, Vung Ro, and Da Nang in record time.
first DeLong pier was towed to Cam Rahn Bay from the
eastern US in a trip that took 2 months. The 497th
Port Construction Company installed it.
pier was essentially a 90 x 300 foot barge supported
by 18 tubular steel caissons 6 feet in diameter and
50 feet long, driven into the harbor bottom.
first DeLong pier, completed in mid-December 1965,
doubled the capacity of the Cam Ranh Bay port. Work
started on a third pier in 1966, that was 90 feet
wide x 600 feet long.
De Long Pier under construction (left) and from the
air (right), Cam Rahn Bay.