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Damaged dry dock vessel disposed of in waters off Honolulu

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A damaged dry dock vessel that took on water in its berth in Honolulu Harbor in September was towed out to sea over the weekend and sunk.

The 375-foot floating dock Kapilipono belonged to Pacific Shipyards International, which paid for its removal and disposal. After it took on water in September, crews worked to clear it of any fuel and prepare it for an ocean disposal. It was refloated in January.

And on Saturday, it was towed about 12 miles off Honolulu and sunk at an approved disposal site.

“Moving this massive vessel, which was about the size of a football field, was a complex undertaking that took careful coordination with several agencies and it happened without a hitch,” said state Department of Transportation Director Ford Fuchigami, in a statement. “I am proud of the combined federal, state and private sector team and everyone involved who ensured the safe and successful resolution to this situation.”

The Kapilipono, constructed in 1974, was capable of lifting a 400-foot container barge.

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