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Dock Removal Begins This Week


Japanese dock - Photo courtesy of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

Japanese dock - Photo courtesy of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

This Wednesday, crews are scheduled to start dismantling the Japanese dock that washed up on a beach near Newport.

The dock that travelled over 7,000 miles from the Port of Misawa to Agate Beach is finally headed for demolition. Vancouver, Washington’s Ballard Diving and Salvage submitted the winning bid, at $84,000. So Chris Havel with Oregon Parks and Recreation says it’s one of the biggest debris removals in recent Oregon history.

Dock Fauna - Photo courtesy of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

Dock Fauna - Photo courtesy of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

“The beach will remain open during all the work. There will be a safety perimeter established around the dock very early Wednesday morning. The work will start Wednesday afternoon. You’ll be able to get on the beach and watch the entire operation.”

Biologists are especially eager to see the work. This will be their first chance to see what kinds of marine life are stuck to the bottom of the dock.

Havel says Ballard will have up to seven days to finish the job - but he estimates it may take no more than two days.

Depending on the crowd, parking could be tight. Havel says if the beach’s adjacent lot fills up, workers will turn cars away.

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