Coast Guard Monitoring Fuel Removal from Research Vessel

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is currently monitoring the removal of nearly 4,400 gallons of diesel fuel that is unaccounted for from a University of Hawaii research vessel that is moored at Sand Island Treatment Plant, pier 43.

The master of the Kaimikai-O-Kanaloa, a 198-foot research vessel, contacted the Coast Guard at approximately 11:45 a.m., today. The master reported due to a crack in the fuel tank, fuel was leaking into the water. The vessel’s crew immediately shut down all operations and set up absorbent boom, which is environmental clean-up equipment that is used to contain a spill.

The master of the Kaimikai-O-Kanaloa contracted the Pacific Environmental Corporation (PENCO) to clean up the spill. Kaimikai-O-Kanaloa is currently moored at Sand Island Treatment Plant, where PENCO is currently on scene removing the fuel.

All crewmembers are safe with no report of injuries.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the accident and amount of fuel that has leaked into the water.

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