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Sitka, AK Floatplane Dock Deteriorates

Unread postby KlausNW » Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:05 pm

Portion of float plane dock deteriorates

http://www.kcaw.org/2016/01/25/portion-of-float-plane-dock-deteriorates/

On Saturday afternoon (01-24-16), one of the pilings supporting Sitka’s floatplane facility crumbled. The main float began to drift outwards and stretch a power line along with it. A caller notified the Sitka Police Department at 1:35 p.m.

The Electric Department briefly shut off power and water to the area until the broken portion of the dock was secured.

Harbor Master Stan Eliason says the floatplane facility is 54-years old and that the endpiece of the dock is unrepairable. He adds that the Harbors Department is reviewing underwater video of the remaining infrastructure to determine further action.


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After the piling broke, the main dock began to drift out into Sitka Sound. (Photos courtesy of Stan Eliason)
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Re: Sitka, AK Floatplane Dock Deteriorates

Unread postby KlausNW » Fri Feb 05, 2016 2:56 pm

The divers videoed their inspection of the floatplane dock structure and posted it:
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Re: Sitka, AK Floatplane Dock Deteriorates

Unread postby Stevesbrother » Fri Feb 05, 2016 7:23 pm

You think they'll get a new one in for the season
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Re: Sitka, AK Floatplane Dock Deteriorates

Unread postby KlausNW » Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:18 pm

Sitka is in a real hot spot when it comes to volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. The airport is out on the island and could very easily be damaged in a catastrophe, so a quality floatplane dock could become very important someday when transporting people out of there.
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Re: Sitka, AK Floatplane Dock Deteriorates

Unread postby Bill Rusk » Sat Feb 06, 2016 9:34 am

interesting. Thanks for posting Klaus


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Re: Sitka, AK Floatplane Dock Deteriorates

Unread postby KlausNW » Fri May 27, 2016 1:34 pm

Follow-Up:
During their regular meeting Tuesday (5-24-16), the Assembly authorized funding to repair Sitka’s public seaplane dock, which was condemned this winter after one the pilings crumbled. The repair will cost $170,000 and will be completed by local contractor, WS Construction.

A new seaplane dock has been proposed on the north end of Japonski Island, but Kevin Knox, Chair of the Port and Harbors Commission, said pilots need a place to park in the meantime. So, he’d like to extend the life of the current dock. “If we can get the five years out of this old facility that we would really need before a new facility comes online, that would really be imperative,” Knox said.


http://www.kcaw.org/2016/05/26/city-repair-seaplane-dock/
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