Brice has been working hard to remove solid waste from Wake Island, one of the most remote and isolated islands in the world. To date, we have hauled over 1,000 tons of solid waste off of the island for proper disposal and/or recycling. Removal is critical for reducing environmental impact to the island.
The transport and disposal of solid waste from a remote island involves complex barge logistics, not the least of which is maneuvering the barge into and out of the loading dock area. The marina at Wake Island is located at the end of a 70-foot wide, 10-foot deep channel that can be extremely difficult to navigate due to strong winds. Inside the marina, the turning radius for a barge is approximately 250 feet; therefore, any maneuvering inside the marina is limited to the length of the barge.
Brice’s onsite project staff captured the barge loading and departure process through a nifty time lapse video. To record the video, in and of itself, required a bit of resourcefulness, on a remote island that often experiences intense rain and wind. Marcus Hobbs, Project Manager, explained: “We stacked two containers high, put the camera and tripod on top of it, placed a reused crate over the camera and tripod, and strapped it down for protection from the wind and rain. Then we programmed the camera to take a picture every 2.5 minutes during the work day over six days; and every other second during the barge spinning and departure. We captured approximately 300 pictures each day from this setup.”