USCG partners complete removal of aground sailing vessel off Hilo
The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed that the grounded, 63-foot Midway Island fishing vessel has safely relocated from the rocks to Pier 2 within Hilo Harbor.
Contractors of the Coast Guard worked to stabilize the vessel, install the vessel's protective adsorbent boom, and minimize any residual oil. At Pier 2 in Hilo Harbor, the vessel is now stable and preventively booming.
The State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources will take the lead as the coordinating agency to negotiate for vessel disposal with the owner of the Midway Island and to carry out a grounding site cleanup as the pollution hazard has been removed. The State must assess harm to the environment and promote future impact reduction and vessel disposal measures.
In addition to the batteries and household cleaners, 1,585 gallons of petroleum products, including marine gasoline, lube, and hydraulic oil, and oily waste, were reportedly safely removed before refloating and towing operations began.
The U.S .- flagged vessel grounded Feb. 3, and the Coast Guard actively collaborated with the Land and Natural Resources Department of Hawaii and other agencies to move the boat safely and minimize pollution aboard. The environmental effect has been negligible, and as a result of the grounding, there is no evidence of waste discharge.
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