Porting a Potty – Tsunami Dock Clean-up

By: danitacahill

Aug 10 2012

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Category: Action shots, History, Photography, Photojournalism, Seascape, Summer, Travel, Water

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And here’s something you don’t see every day…An excavator toting a Porta Potty down the beach.

I took this shot last Sunday at Agate Beach in Newport, Oregon. A work crew from Ballard Diving and Salvage out of Washington state were just finishing up the dock clean-up contract. The 66-foot long by 7-foot tall dock washed ashore earlier this summer after an earthquake and subsequent tsunami ripped it from its moorings in the Japanese port city of Misawa in March, 2011.

The concrete and steel dock, which cost over a million dollars to build and proved itself sea worthy for a distance of halfway around the world, was dismantled and hauled away for demolition and recycling for a cost of around $84,000.

We visited Agate Beach in July to see the dock. That was after they’d cleaned off the living organisms and buried them nearby, but before they State Parks Department granted the winning bidder a contract.

When we went again on August 5, the dock was gone. A Cat operator was blading the sand smooth and this excavator operator was left with the final dirty job.

One comment we overheard by a beach goer: “You know a job’s done when they haul off the Porta Potty.”

There were also several comments along the lines of, “Boy, sure hope that thing doesn’t spill!”

For more photos and info on the dock, click the back arrow. And/or click here.

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