Fate of the remnant of the Japanese Tsunami Dock seems assured – two memorials; one on each side of the bay
Newport City Councilors learned Monday night that what started out as a 40 ton snafu is morphing into two Japanese Tsunami Memorials for Newport. Newport Public Works Director Tim Gross told the council that a 40 ton end section of last summer’s Japanese Tsunami dock was planned to be cut up into smaller pieces and transported to Hatfield Marine Science Center at South Beach as part of a larger tsunami science display.
Gross said Hatfield Marine Science Center personnel didn’t realize how big the section of dock was, when it authorized its transport to the HMSC Visitor’s Center. A quick pow-wow of center chiefs determined that rather than bring it over the bridge to Hatfield, it should be taken somewhere else temporarily where it could be cut up into more manageable sized pieces. McClain Point at the International Terminal became the primary landing place it. Gross says they’re arranging to have the dock yield two memorial pieces; one for Hatfield, the other for the Newport Bayfront Merchants Association who also want to build a memorial in honor of the Japanese who lost their lives during the earthquake and tsunami in March of 2011.
Gross said once the two pieces are cut away, they’ll grind up the rest of the dock for either rip rap or road material. The plan is to have the Hatfield memorial ready to dedicate on March 10th, the day, our time, when the quake and ensuing tsunami struck the east coast of central Japan.