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Foss Maritime has been hired to remove the grounded fishing vessel Pacific Paradise from a reef off Waikiki after repeated attempts to refloat the vessel by commercial salvage companies have failed.
“We are preparing to safely move the vessel away from this environmentally sensitive area,” said Michael MacDonald, Director of Foss Marine Operations & Commercial – Hawaii Region. “We are thankful that no injuries were sustained and are anxious to move the vessel away from the reef so it will not cause damage or injury to people or marine life.”
The vessel had approximately 8,000 gallons of diesel, 55 gallons of lube and hydraulic oils, and four marine batteries when it grounded, according to the Coast Guard.
Some minor pollution has been reported.
The Pacific Paradise is a U.S.-flagged vessel and part of the Hawaii longline fleet homeported in Honolulu. The master and 19 fishermen were rescued from the vessel, and the crewmen were released to Customs and Border Protection.
The grounding is under investigation.
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