ODB begins submerging concrete blocks in Oura Bay to restrict Henoko base construction site
February 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
On February 7 at about 9:25 a.m., the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) began work off the shore of Camp Schwab in Oura Bay, placing large concrete blocks underwater to form a temporarily restricted area for construction of a new base in Henoko, which is intended as a replacement facility to Futenma Air Station. Blocks were lifted and placed one at a time by large crane ship.
The ODB started the main part of work in the ocean on February 6. On this day, out of 228 concrete blocks that will be used as anchors for a silt-curtain, 2 large crane ships moved 28 blocks into place.
In the morning on February 7 the 4015-ton multipurpose ship Poseidon 1, which is surveying the area for underwater boring, was seen moving within the temporarily restricted area. At 9:30 a.m., it was not clear whether or not boring work had begun.
Meanwhile citizens opposing Henoko base construction gathered in front of Camp Schwab’s gate and raised their voices in protest against the placing of concrete blocks.
(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)
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