UCT 2 Completes Hotel Pier Pile Restoration

By CMC Elisia Correa, UCT 2

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EO1(SCW/DV) Leroy Schnathorst, UCT 2, pumps concrete into framework during pile restoration work at Hotel Pier on Joint Base Pearl Harbor, Hickam, Hawaii. Photo by CMC Elisia Correa

Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2’s Construction Diving Detachment Alfa (CDD/A), from Port Hueneme, Calif., completed repairs to preserve 30 piles on Hotel Pier, located aboard Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) Hawaii.

The efforts conducted by the Seabee divers of UCT 2 consisted of inspection, cleaning and repair of the 30 piles, in accordance with design specifications. UCT 2 has a long history with JBPHH’s Hotel Pier. It is a common stop during deployments across the Pacific.

With time-sensitive deployment stops ahead, CDD/A had six weeks to complete their 30-pile workload. “UCT 2 has made multiple repairs to this pier over the course of the last few years,” said Chief Equipment Operator James Igoe.  “But never has a detachment completed this many pilings in such a short timeframe. We set the new record!”

Project challenges included delays due to ship traffic, refueling requirements of equipment on the pier and wave action from daily ferry traffic taking groups to and from the nearby USS Arizona Memorial.

Equipment Operator 1st Class Leroy Schnathorst stated the constant wave action was especially memorable while working on floating pontoons. “Drilling holes for the J-Box installation while the waves were coming in from the ferry going to and from the Arizona Memorial really took you for a ride under the pier.”

Fulfilling the mission of supporting fleet and Marine forces in the Pacific Fleet area of responsibility, UCT 2’s maintenance of Hotel Pier is the first stop on a six-month deployment. For the Seabee divers of UCT 2, it was just another day at the office.

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