Coast Guard Ensures Maritime Safety in Honolulu Harbor

HONOLULU — Coast Guard crewmembers from here and The Big Island conducted two separate fishing vessel boardings in Honolulu Harbor Thursday at about 5:30 p.m., which resulted in multiple violations.

Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Kiska, a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Hilo, boarded the 72-foot fishing vessel Crystal while it was transiting out of Honolulu Harbor.

The boarding team officer administered alcohol and field sobriety tests to the Crystal’s captain; the captain failed all tests, which resulted in the crew’s voyage being terminated due to safety regulations. A competent crewmember of the Crystal piloted the vessel while the Kiska crew escorted them to Honolulu Harbor. A Coast Guard Sector Honolulu investigating officer was on scene when the vessel docked to conduct an investigation.

The captain will receive a penalty of $500 for the violation of boating under the influence (BUI).

“Every individual that works on the water has an obligation for the safety and well being of his or her fellow mariners, crewmembers and the protection of Hawaiian waters,” said Chief Petty Officer Jose Quinones, an investigations and analysis officer for Sector Honolulu.

Moments later, crewmembers aboard a 25-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Honolulu boarded the 82-foot fishing vessel Jessica during its inbound transit to Honolulu Harbor.

The boarding team officer observed a non-U.S. master operating the fishing vessel. The assessment of possible penalties will be determined following an investigation.

The crew of the Jessica was also not in compliance with its fishing gear markings; a Sector Honolulu investigating officer issued an enforcement action report and sent the case to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for further investigation.

“These boardings demonstrated the commitment and stewardship our men and women display daily to keep Hawaii’s waters safe,” said Lt. Kyle Deems, a law enforcement duty officer for Coast Guard District Fourteen.

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