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DOT NEWS RELEASE: Submerged vessel removed from Honolulu Harbor, commercial pier returned to full service

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 in Latest Department News, Newsroom, Office of the Governor Press Releases

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) arranged for the safe tow of the 77-foot fishing vessel, Judy K, from Pier 16 in Honolulu Harbor to Honolulu Marine Shipyard in Kewalo Basin on Monday. It was removed from the water and placed in dry dock today. Due to structural damage the vessel will be scrapped and metal parts will be recycled. The cost of the disposal is $52,000.

The HDOT expresses its sincere gratitude to U.S. Army divers from the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment of the 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, who worked tirelessly to refloat the vessel this past week. The vessel had sunk earlier this year.

“The salvage effort was a mutual benefit for Army divers who were able to hone their training and skills, and for the State which was able to put the pier back into full use,” said Darrell Young, HDOT Harbors Division Deputy Director. “The partnership helped save more than $100,000 that can now be used toward other worthwhile improvements to the Port Hawaii system.”

Links to photos are below:

Preparing for the tow at Pier 16
Judy K being towed 1
Judy K being towed 2
Judy K being towed 3
Judy K being towed 4
Arriving at the Marine Shipyard
Dry docked at the Marine Shipyard
Dry docked at the Marine Shipyard 2


Tim Sakahara
State of Hawaii Department of Transportation
Public Information Officer
869 Punchbowl Street, Room 504
Honolulu HI 96813-5097
Telephone: (808) 587-2160
Fax: (808) 587-2313