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

1 comment:

Birdiez said...

Please contact NOAA about allowing the styrofoam to be used to build surfboards. It can be recycled into them. Contact Greg Noll down in Crescent City and see if he can help. They could be sold with part of the proceeds to go towards tsunami debris clean up. ZJ Boarding House in Santa Monica collects all kinds of styrofoam in their store by customers dropping it off especially after Xmas. It's 185 tons or so of styrofoam. A lot of SUP's and surfboards hat is...and they could all have a little graphic on them indicating they were made from tsunami debris. There you go, Tsunami boards.