The $800-million Port of Anchorage expansion project is more than a year behind schedule because of rules that limit crews from working in the water when any of the roughly 300 local beluga whales are within a mile of the construction zone. As originally engineered by Seattle-based PND Engineers Inc., with construction oversight by Anchorage-based Integrated Concepts and Research Corp., a high-energy impact hammer was to be used to drill steel sheets into three hard-seabed areas for the earth-filled open-cell sheet-pile configuration. However, due to the whales, crews were forced to use a vibratory-hammer method instead. The vibratory hammer apparently
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