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Coast Guard continues to monitor abandoned fishing vessel in Honolulu Harbor after 3 months

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

After three months, the partially sunken 77-foot commercial fishing vessel, the Judy K, is still at Honolulu Harbor.

On March 25, state Department of Transportation officials said they were still working to secure someone to salvage the commercial fishing vessel after initial bids from companies to remove it exceeded the state's expected costs. It appears taxpayers will be footing the bill if a private party is contracted to do the work.

DOT spokesman Tim Sakahara says the boat's owner is deceased.

The U.S. Coast Guard is continuing to monitor the vessel, stating that while very little diesel fuel continues to leak from the vessel, other trapped oils on board the ship are seeping out and a containment boom remains.

Coast Guard officials say they initially notified the state that the Judy K appeared to be sinking, but the state did not inform them that there was diesel fuel on board the vessel or they would have pumped out the some 150 gallons of fuel the Judy K leaked when she submerged. Fifty gallons escaped into the harbor.

As a result of communication problems with the state regarding the Judy K, the Coast Guard is now initiating a full accounting on its own of all vessels in Hawaiian harbors to assess their ownership and whether they are abandoned and/or inoperable or pose any environmental threat.

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