HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After five months, the state Department of Transportation is getting some help from the military to remove a 77-foot commercial fishing vessel from Honolulu Harbor.
This week, a group of U.S. Army divers will make an assessment to see if the partially sunken Judy K can be re-floated. If it can, the Army will use it as a training opportunity for its only dive unit in the Pacific.
It will also be a big help to DOT officials, who said they were still working to secure someone to salvage the 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 still monitoring the vessel, saying 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.
The Judy K has been sitting in Honolulu Harbor since mid-January.