Dam­aged har­bour break­wall, docks still need re­pair ahead of long week­end

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Re­pairs to west har­bour ma­rina docks dam­aged in a big storm last month have started, but they won’t be fin­ished for the first big week­end of the boat­ing sea­son.

As well, the city is still as­sess­ing what it will take to re­float the Pier 8 break­wall, which was also dam­aged dur­ing the April 14-15 storm, leav­ing the ma­rina open to vi­o­lent waves.

“They have had a dif­fi­cult time as­sess­ing the dam­age be­cause of murky wa­ter,” Gavin Nor­man, man­ager at the Water­front De­vel­op­ment Of­fice, said this week.

The $3.3-mil­lion break­wall calms the wa­ters at the Har­bour West Ma­rina.

Dur­ing the wind storm, waves broke sec­tions of the steel tubes that form the float­ing struc­ture. At the ma­rina, at least 10 fin­gers and the main dock were dam­aged,

Nor­man said.

“We have ini­ti­ated re­pair of the docks in the mean­time, but the work will not be done until the break­wa­ter is in place.”

Boats started launch­ing at the ma­rina on April 16, and con­tinue to, “al­beit at a slower pace than usual,” Larissa Fenn, Hamil­ton Port Author­ity spokesper­son, said Thurs­day. “We have been able to ac­com­mo­date about half of our ap­prox­i­mately 300 cus­tomers so far; we are likely two weeks away from hav­ing all of our cus­tomers on the wa­ter.”

The launch typ­i­cally wraps up on the May long week­end, Fenn said. Some boat slips still need to be re­paired or can’t be used be­cause they’re not pro­tected with the break­wall down, she said.

Kehoe Ma­rine Con­struc­tion made the break­wall in 2016. Its pre­ferred plan is to re­float the struc­ture tem­po­rar­ily with buoy­ancy bags until it can be re­paired, Nor­man said.

The city shouldn’t be on the hook for ma­rina re­pairs be­cause the break­wall is un­der war­ranty, he said.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Royal Hamil­ton Yacht Club, which has about 300 mem­bers, couldn’t be reached for com­ment Thurs­day.

BARRY GRAY THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

The break­wall off Pier 8 was dam­aged by April’s in­tense storm.

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