Report: Hornblower didn't cause all dock damage

Posted at 3:37 PM, May 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-12 19:33:21-04

As crews work to fix the damage caused by a Hornblower ship's crash into the Embarcadero, a new report obtained by 10News reveals the severity of the damage and who is to blame.

On March 31, three people were hospitalized and dozens were sent scrambling after a Hornblower ship collided with a dock.

"Just a little bit of chaos, then crunch," said David Reid, who saw the crash on TV.

The impact caused severe damage to the dock, which was built in 1928. Engineering firm Moffatt & Nichol sent divers into the water to see damage below, and they found it.

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In the firm's report, inspectors said the dock's concrete is in poor condition, with several vertical cracks.

However, the cracks weren't caused by the March collision. Years of corrosion in a harsh marine environment share the blame, according to the report.

Crews are now replacing 200 square feet of concrete piles, 36 feet of railings and a sewer line.

"It doesn't look cheap, especially when you have to get boats out here in a barge," Reid said.

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It's now up to the Port of San Diego to determine how much it will bill Hornblower to fix the damage.

The Port, Hornblower and Moffatt & Nichol all declined to comment.

Now, Hornblower ships are loading from a temporary spot west of the impact until the dock is fixed.

"That's pretty remarkable that a ship that big came in that fast," Reid said.