Upgraded piers at Honolulu Harbor allow state to consolidate oil spill response

The state celebrated Friday the latest milestone in a series of ongoing improvements to Honolulu Harbor.

A blessing and dedication were held for newly constructed piers and upgraded facilities at Piers 12 and 15.

With improvements in place, officials can now relocate and consolidate vessels with the Clean Islands Council (CIC) and Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) for better emergency response when an oil spill occurs.

“This aspect of the harbor improvements consolidates the emergency response vessels into a single area, which will help response time in a crisis situation,” said Darrell Young, Hawaii Department of Transportation, Harbors Division Deputy Director. “The upgrade and modernization of our harbor facilities is essential if we expect our communities to thrive and not just survive.”

The $10 million project began last April as part of a series of projects to transform the former Kapalama Military Reservation into a two-berth overseas container terminal, which will be called the Kapalama Container Terminal.

That project is expected to cost more than $450 million, and officials hope to put the contract out for bid in November.

HDOT is developing the container terminal facility to address the critical need for new container terminal space and to resolve the shortage of cargo handling capacity issues at Hawaii’s busiest commercial harbor.

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