DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
DLNR Begins Repairs To Dock 'D'
HONOLULU — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has begun repairs to dock ‘D’ at the Ala Wai small boat harbor.
“After conducting further detailed inspections by engineering contractors, our Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) has begun making interim repairs, to strengthen “D” dock and extend its useful life until permanent replacements can be built,” said Peter Young, DLNR chairperson.
“Once this project is completed, we will also inspect the ‘B’ and ‘C’ docks to determine if similar repair projects can also be undertaken,” Young said.
At ‘D’ dock, the work to be done involves the addition of a galvanized steel frame to the main pier. The steel frame includes an angle iron and flat bar along the top edges for the full length of the main pier. Additional flat bars will be welded transversely on the top of the pier at all existing joints.
The galvanized steel frame will be bolted to the existing main pier throughout, binding the pier sections together. By binding the main pier together, potential future deterioration such as distortion and spalling will be slowed. Three-quarter inch plywood will be installed on the top surface of the main pier.
This work will be carried out by contractor D & C Plumbing and will be completed by the end of October. The contract cost for D&C Plumbing is approximately $23,000.
After completion, DLNR’s boating and engineering staff will evaluate the load-bearing capacity of the dock to determine how many boats can moor safely.
DLNR is also currently retrofitting the security gates along the 700 row at Ala Wai and removing cleats on the finger piers so approximately 36 slips can be returned to use by mooring “Tahiti” style, that is, without tying to a pier or dock.
To moor Tahiti style, a boater will drop anchor then back the boat as close to shore as possible and tie off on land. Then, a gangway may be employed to board the vessel.
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Peter Young and Rep. Ann Stevens speak to reporters at dockside press conference (front and back photos)
View of 'D' dock at Ala Wai small boat harbor
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