Ballard Diving and Salvage finally got a break on Thursday. They managed to completely slice through concrete, stainless steel, foam and rebar to eventually liberate the first section of the Japanese dock that wound up on Agate Beach, 6,000 miles away from the earthquake and tsunami that sent it across the Pacific to Newport, Oregon.
Crews managed to cut another slice just down dock from where some kind of “hang-up” kept the end piece from breaking cleanly free from the rest of the dock. The end piece was carefully lifted out of the east end but before it could be loaded onto a waiting truck, the truck was determined to be not heavy enough to carry the 20+ ton load. So they had to order a bigger truck that is expected to be on scene in the morning. It will begin hauling each slice of the dock down the beach and up to Oceanview Drive where they will be transported further to Sherwood, where the dock will be processed and recycled.
A corner piece of it will be specially cut and delivered to the Hatfield Marine Science Center for a Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Memorial.
The demolition of the Japanese dock resumes in Friday morning.