Ballard Diving and Salvage had a devil of a time today trying to dismantle the 132 ton Japanese dock that has been sitting on Agate Beach, drawing tens of thousands of visitors since it washed ashore on June 4th. A product of the March 11, 2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami, it’s been quietly moving around the spot where it first came ashore. When it first made landfall in early June, it was perpendicular to shore. Today, it’s rotated into a more SW to NE orientation. That makes a lot of people nervous, including State Parks which awarded a contract to Ballard to get rid of it.
But during the first day of sawing the dock into five pieces, Ballard crews ran into problems. It appears that as the saw chain proceeded to cut through the docks concrete, rebar and stainless steel, the piece being cut out began to sag in the sand and play havoc with the circulating blade. Toward the end of the day it was determined that something wasn’t quite right…something that would have to be rectified in the morning. They said it was the liquifaction of the sand (creating suction) or something inside the dock that is “hanging up” the separating piece.
So, they’ll be back Thursday morning, bright and early. Chris Havel of State Parks says Ballard tells him that they’re still confident they can have the dock sawed into five pieces, hauled off in a big truck and have the beach back to normal by Friday.
That’s a lotta work in a short time.