HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 77-foot fishing vessel has been partially submerged in Honolulu Harbor for a month now, and it could take a few more months before the boat can be removed, state officials say.
The state Department of Transportation said the initial bids to remove the Judy K from Pier 16 came in considerably higher than expected, so it is now looking into other options which could include working with other agencies to salvage it.
The U.S. Coast Guard said salvage costs could take taxpayer dollars unless the boat's owner can be found. However, the DOT said the Judy K is registered to an entity called Sapphire USA, and the owner has reportedly died.
An estimated 150 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the water when the boat initially sank on Jan. 11, but officials said no additional fuel has leaked since. A containment boom remains in place to retrieve and contain sheen coming from the vessel.