Thursday, March 7, 2013

Japanese dock to be removed

A Japanese dock will soon be removed from a rugged and remote section of the Washington coast.

Set lose during the Japanese tsunami, the dock washed ashore within the boundaries of the Olympic National Park and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary last December. According to a NOAA press release, the cost for removing the dock is over $620,000 and will be covered mostly by the government of Japan with some help from the National Park and the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

The dock weighs approximately 185 tons and is 65 feet long, 20 feet wide and 7.5 feet tall. Removing it from the remote section of coast will require first dismantling it on the beach and then hauling away the debris with a helicopter.

Most of the dock is made of a Styrofoam-type material encased in steel-reinforced concrete.

Photo: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife