Update: Coast Guard Monitoring Fuel Removal from Research Vessel

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard continues to monitor the removal of diesel fuel that spilled Thursday at Pier 45.

Currently, cleanup crews from Pacific Environmental Corporation (PENCO) have removed approximately 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled from underwater sewage drains while the Kaimikai-O-Kanaloa, a 198-foot research vessel from the University of Hawaii, was offloading sewage into the drain Thursday morning.

The master of the research vessel contacted the Coast Guard at approximately 11:45 a.m. Thursday and reported the spill. The vessel’s crew immediately shut down all operations and set up absorbent boom, which is environmental clean-up equipment used to contain a spill.

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