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Minami Fishing Port Opens with Bang

Date Posted: 2000-08-11

Minami Daito Islandís new fishing port opened literally with a bang yesterday, when the inlet into the new harbor was blasted open. Constructing the new port entailed a massive excavation project as it was carved out of the limestone shoreline of the island.

Minami Daito Island has no natural ports and fishermen had to hoist the catch from their boats by a crane onto the bank some 45 feet above. Then they also had to hoist their boats when they wanted to come ashore. That limited the size of the boat to about five tons, which in turn put a limit on the daily catch of local fishermen.

The new port can accommodate boats 10 times of that size. The construction of the port facilities will now go on to the next phase that includes deepening the port to 45 meters, constructing a breakwater, an ice store and other buidings. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in 2006.

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