Pier upgrades at Honolulu Harbor near completion

Pier upgrades at Honolulu Harbor near completion
(Image: State Department of Transportation)
(Image: State Department of Transportation)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - State crews are nearing completion of a yearlong project to improve and upgrade Piers 12 and 15 along Nimitz Highway in downtown Honolulu.

"According to our Harbors Division, the project will be substantially completed in May with the exception of some off-site work on Nimitz Highway to finish," said Department of Transportation spokeswoman Shelly Kunishige via email.

The project at Honolulu, originally slated for a May 2016 completion, involves the relocation of a response vessel with the Clean Islands Council and two response vessels with the Marine Spill Response Corporation from Pier 35 to Piers 12 and 15.

Officials say the move consolidates and improves the marine emergency response effort in busy Honolulu Harbor during oil spills, allowing for a faster and more coordinated response with partnering federal and local agency assets, which are located at nearby piers for the U.S. Coast Guard and the Honolulu Fire Department.

Other improvements to the Piers 12 and 15 include a new electrical system, waterlines, dock fenders and mooring bollards, along with upgraded lighting, roofing, fencing and pavement.

The estimated construction cost is $10 million, 100 percent of which will be provided by state funds, officials said last April during groundbreaking.

This project is among a series of projects that are part of the larger $500 million Harbor Modernization Plan to upgrade and renovate Hawaii harbors, being that more than 80 percent that will transform the former Kapalama Military Reservation into an overseas container terminal which will be known as the Kapalama Container Terminal.

The new terminal will consist of a new container facility and berthing capacity for two container ships.

Officials said increasing Honolulu Harbor's container terminal capacity away from the main Sand Island terminals will promote efficiency.

Click here for more information on harbor improvements and Port Hawaii.

Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.