After the U.S. Navy completed repairs to an onshore dock Jan. 5, boat trips resumed to the USS Arizona Memorial at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial.
Tours had been suspended since damage to the wharf was discovered on December 12.
The fix is temporary, however, and a new dock will be installed at a later date, according to a statement from the National Park Service.
“Every effort will be made to monitor repairs being made to the dock so that visits to the USS Arizona Memorial can remain as uninterrupted as possible. However, additional repairs may be required and may still occur on short notice,” says the press release. “Repetitive stressors such as wakes and tidal movements contributed to the most recent failure. Fabrication of the new onshore wharf has begun offsite. Installation of the new onshore wharf is expected to occur later during this year.”
The memorial docks have required repeated attention in recent years. In 2018, tours were halted for 15 months as a $2.1 million repair was completed. Tours were suspended again in September for emergency repairs that lasted two weeks.
The memorial marks the resting place of more than 1,000 sailors and marines who perished in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and boat tours take participants to the site of the memorial, which floats above above the sunken battleship.