Pearl Harbor’s USS Arizona memorial suspends boat tours: Travel Weekly


Boat tours from the USS Arizona Memorial to Pearl Harbor have been suspended as work is underway to repair a dock at the site.

National Park Service staff were alerted to a problem with the dock ashore on December 12. After the assessment was completed, repair work on the wharf began on December 15. Navy personnel decided to remove the damaged dock ramp via crane and repair it at an offsite facility, according to an NPS statement.

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While repairs are being completed, public programs via US Navy White Boats to the USS Arizona Memorial have been suspended. Once the dock is repaired, it will be reinstalled and the Navy will perform stress tests to ensure its safety.

Operations will resume when National Park Service staff deem conditions safe enough for white boats to use the dock ashore, but a timeline has yet to be announced by the National Park Service.

This is the third time in four years that boat tours of the USS Arizona Memorial, which honors the more than 1,000 crew members who perished in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, have been suspended. due to dock issues. 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.

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The grounds of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, museums and the park movie (on the outdoor patio) remain accessible. Visitors can also join the Historic Pacific Parks Audio Tour, Virtual Reality Center and visit the Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum and the Battleship Missouri Memorial located on the site.

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