State Parks has decided that the only way to get the Japanese Tsunami dock off Agate Beach is to pay somebody to dismantle it where it is, or tow it to Newport. It’s not been announced what Newport might do with it. But it’s obvious that the dock, built about four years ago, certainly knows how to float, having traveled from Japan, riding on the currents and the winds, over six thousand miles, for more than a year.
Official release from Oregon State Parks
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has reviewed options for removing the tsunami debris dock at Agate Beach. The department originally intended to pursue one of two options — demolition in place, or towing it off the beach to the nearby Port of Newport. but has since discovered the range of costs for these options overlaps. The reinforced concrete dock contains a large amount of styrofoam, making clean demolition a challenge and increasing the costs for that option.
The department released a request for bids today. Bidders can download the document from http://orpin.oregon.gov/ and should do so the moment they are available. Bidding will close at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 13. The final schedule for removal will be dictated by the nature of the winning bid (either demolition or removal to Newport).
Until the dock is removed, the most import thing for visitors to keep in mind is safety:
If you want to visit, do so at low tide. Visit the Hatfield Marine Science Center website for a tidetable.
While visiting, watch for traffic congestion and use the paved parking lot on the east side of the road.
When on the beach, keep a close eye on each other. The surf here can be surprisingly strong.
Stay off the dock. Look, touch, reflect on the original tragedy that brought this visitor to Oregon’s shores, but do not compound the sadness of that day by suffering an injury.