Coast Guard closes port of Nawiliwili due to debris

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard Captain of the Port closed the port of Nawiliwili, Kauai, Sunday due to a possible obstruction in the water.

On Friday evening, Tug Moana Holo and its deck barge Maka Ala ran aground near the entrance to Nawiliwili Harbor. During dive operations of the barge Maka Ala Sunday, a 30 by 15 foot skeg was discovered missing.

A skeg is similar to a rudder, but is a fixed extension to the stern of a barge which assists in steering.

Out of an abundance of caution, the port is closed to all traffic until the skeg is located. The operating company is working diligently with contractors to locate and mark the skeg.

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