Parker Marine Hired for Removal of 3 Vessels
By Wendy Osher
Work began over the weekend to remove debris from three grounded vessels along the west Maui shoreline after they broke free from moorings near Māla Wharf on Friday during high surf.
Crews from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation were advised of the incident and marine salvage company, Parker Marine was hired to remove the debris.
The 30-foot “Best Revenge” fiberglass sailboat was among the list of grounded vessels that got battered in the surf over the weekend. DLNR officials report that smaller pieces of the vessel were removed on Saturday by crew from the Old Lahaina Lūʻau who took action to clear the beach.
State officials say crews from Parker Marine will work t0 float out two large pieces of the hull and a keel that remained, to a better location for removal tomorrow. Authorities say the items will then be disposed of at the Central Maui Landfill.
According to a status update from the state DLNR office, most of the broken pieces from the 30-foot “Caribou III sailboat were quickly removed except for a mast and mooring gear, which was expected to be removed by Parker Marine when the surf subsides.
As for the 38-foot “Triple Play” trimaran,DLNR officials say area residents have been picking up pieces of boat and foam that were scattered over a half-mile stretch of shoreline. According to the state agency, Parker Marine has worked to remove two of the three hulls.
The forward half of the main, center hull, is stored at a private residence, and is expected to be removed tomorrow. “A major cleanup” will still be needed to remove foam pieces on the beach, according to DLNR.
***Supporting information courtesy state DLNR.