Coast Guard reopens port of Nawiliwili, Kauai

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard Captain of the Port reopened the port of Nawiliwili, Kauai, Sunday after finding no apparent obstructions in the water or hazards to safe navigation.

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. To ensure the safety of traffic, the Coast Guard closed the port of Nawiliwili.

A skeg is similar to a rudder, but is a fixed extension to the stern of a barge which assists in steering. The skeg remains missing, but poses no threat to navigation.

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