September 2020, Vol. 247, No. 9


Yesterday and Today: Installing a Pipeline Across the World’s Busiest Shipping Channel

By Joe Pikas, Technical Toolbox Editor’s note: Pipeline construction veteran Joe Pikas recalls a 50-year-old offshore construction project that highlights the differences between how engineering goals were met in the past, and how they are met today. As a young pipeliner fresh out of college in 1967, I was faced with one of the most technically challenging pipeline construction assignments of my career. It was to install a concrete-coated, 26-inch, 33-mile (660-mm, 53-km) pipeline crossing underwater from Morgan, N.J., to Long Beach, N.Y. – through the Lower New York Bay.  This was, technically and logistically, a momentous endeavor. In comparis

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