Judy K placed in dry dock, Honolulu Harbor pier returns to full service

Photos provided by the Hawaii Department of Transportation

Pier 16 in Honolulu Harbor is back in full service after the removal of a 77-foot fishing vessel.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation arranged for the safe tow of Judy K from Pier 16 to Honolulu Marine Shipyard in Kewalo Basin.

It was removed from the water and placed in dry dock Wednesday.

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 to refloat the vessel this past week.

“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.”

The vessel sank in January. Ropes preventing the boat from sinking to the bottom of the harbor.

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