DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
DLNR Reopens Dock 'D' At Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor
HONOLULU — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) reopened its ‘D’ dock at the Ala Wai small boat harbor on Wednesday, following completion of repairs to strengthen the dock and extend its useful life until permanent replacements can be built
“DLNR’s boating and engineering staff have evaluated the load-bearing capacity of the dock and determined that approximately 37 boats can return to safely moor at ‘D’ dock,” said Peter Young, DLNR chairperson. “We have sent notification to the previous tenants that they need to return by December 1,” he said.
“We will continue to seek funding to permanently replace the aging docks at Ala Wai small boat harbor as soon as possible. These interim repairs will help in the short-term, but cannot take the place of a new, long-lived structure,” Young said.
Repairs at ‘D’ dock consisted of attaching 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 were welded transversely on the top of the pier at all existing joints.
The galvanized steel frame was 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 was installed on the top surface of the main pier.
An initial inspection in July by DLNR engineers this year led Boating Division staff to condemn the pier for safety reasons, and relocate 46 vessels. DLNR subsequently invited other engineering firms to inspect the dock and submit proposals for repairs.
D & C Plumbing completed the repairs at a cost for D&C Plumbing is approximately $23,000.
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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