Countdown to Destruction for Japanese Dock

By David Morgan with News Lincoln County

Japanese Dock, debris from the tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011, washed up on Agate Beach, will be soon destroyed dismantled. Photo from video by David Morgan

The Japanese Dock’s days are now clearly numbered. Ballard Diving and Salvage out of Vancouver began building a railroad-tie-road from the Agate Beach parking area to the ocean. Soon cut-up pieces of the dock will travel southward from the dock to a straight line road across the sand to Oceanview Avenue. From there the pieces will be transported to a recycling center. The dock is full of rebar, stainless steel and concrete. Ballard figures it’ll take them until Friday sometime to get the dock removed.

But before they do, they’ll separate what is the southeast corner of the dock and deliver it to the city of Newport for use in some kind of a Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami Memorial. Newport’s sister city is in Japan.

The Japanese Dock was slated for quick removal largely based on the fact that it was loaded with invasive species that might bode ill for Oregon’s coastal ecology. But Dr. John Chapman of Hatfield Marine Science Center announced recently that whatever uniquely Japanese species arrived on the dock were already well distributed along a mile of beach from Agate Beach to the north jetty in Newport. If or when these foreign critters will start popping up is anyone’s guess, according to Dr. Chapman. (Read full article)

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