Kapolei Concrete Keeps Kapalama Cargo Flowing

The flow of cargo across the Pacific Ocean to the Hawaiian Islands began more than 3000 years ago. Polynesians in wooden canoes carried plant cuttings and seeds to cultivate food, medicine, and fabric. Today the islands host cargo ships from around the world filled with goods from every industry under the sun.

Honolulu Harbor on Oahu is the hub of incoming freight to the archipelago. A lifeline to the state economy, the harbor is central to a new capital improvement initiative to ensure Hawaii’s imports and exports continue to flow smoothly and efficiently. Jensen Precast recently began work on the infrastructure of the harbor’s Kapalama Container Terminal. The project is the largest capital improvement project in the history of Hawaii’s commercial harbor system.

“Kapalama is the new home to Pasha Hawaii, one of the main shipping companies specializing in trade between Hawaii and the continental United States,” says Garret Lau, General Manager of Jensen Precast Honolulu. “The terminal is being upgraded as a part of Hawaii’s Harbors Modernization Plan.

“Our job for the terminal features 4’ x 3’ and 7’ x 4’ box culvert structures designed for special loadings. The terminal uses heavy cranes to move cargo around. Jensen Precast Sales Representative Jorelle Flint came up with the project idea, got engineering expertise from Product Design Manager Tom Elliott, estimated the job, and is now managing the project.”

The Jensen Precast Honolulu Branch manufactured 96 of the 7’ x 4’ precast concrete culvert and 62 of the 4’ x 3’ culvert, producing roughly 20 pieces per day. Installation at Kapalama will enable durable storm drains, sewer drains, and electric utility structures for the terminal. The contractor on the project is Kiewit Corporation.

“The culvert required epoxy coated rebar, which we ordered through Concrete Reinforcements Inc., and a mix design with 25% fly ash,” Flint explains. “The culvert also required exterior waterproofing and joint wrap. We anticipate completing our portion of the Kapalama project by the end of May or early June.”

An estimated 80% of all goods consumed in Hawaii are imported, and 98% of the imported goods arrive through the commercial harbor system. Upon completion the Kapalama Container Terminal will offer an 84 acre cargo yard and 1800 linear feet of new berthing space.

And the history of Hawaii’s cargo line keeps on flowing.

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