Foss Maritime to Remove Grounded Fishing Boat
Foss Contracted by Owners After Vessel Catches Fire in Salvage Effort
HONOLULU, October 20, 2017 – Foss announced it has been called in by owners of the Pacific Paradise to remove the fishing vessel grounded off Waikiki, after repeated attempts by commercial salvage companies have failed.
The Pacific Paradise ran aground in shallow water less than 400 yards off Waikiki Tuesday night, October 10, and has remained stuck on the reef since then. Several attempts have been made by commercial salvage companies to tow the vessel, and during the latest attempt, the vessel caught fire.
Foss Maritime is working under a plan approved by the United States Coast Guard and state authorities to move the derelict vessel away from the reef to prevent further environmental damage.
“We are preparing to safely move the vessel away from this environmentally sensitive area,” said Michael MacDonald, Director of Foss Marine Operations & Commercial – Hawaii Region. “We are thankful that no injuries were sustained and are anxious to move the vessel away from the reef so it will not cause damage or injury to people or marine life.”
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Founded in 1889, Seattle-based Foss Maritime offers a complete range of maritime services and project management to customers across the Pacific Rim, Europe, South America and around the globe. Foss has one of the largest fleets of tugs and barges on the American West Coast. The company has harbor services and transportation operations in all major U.S. West Coast ports, including the Columbia and Snake River system, Hawaii and Alaska. Foss operates two shipyards and offers worldwide marine transportation, emphasizing safety, environmental responsibility and high-quality service. See www.foss.com for more information.