Haiti relocating homeless, port repairs needed
#1 Jan 22, 2010
U.S. Army, Navy and Coast Guard are looking to repair the Haitian capital's only functional industrial pier, which is key to the country's receipt of massive aid shipments. Officials say success of the project, which involves underwater construction teams and Navy divers surveying the damage, also is critical to the nation's long-term recovery.
Only four ships have been able to dock at the partially damaged pier since the earthquake.
Unloading is lengthy and difficult because 15-inch wide cracks run through the dock, allowing only one truck to drive on it at a time. The port's cranes now tip dangerously into the sea or were rendered useless.
The damage is so extensive that the military has no way of telling how long it will take before ships can dock and unload in large quantities.
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