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Press Release | Jan. 22, 2024

Coast Guard responds to grounded vessel off the coast of Maui

HONOLULU - The Coast Guard is responding to a passenger ferry that ran aground near Maalaea Harbor, Maui, on Monday.

At 5:05 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders received notification from the small passenger vessel Expeditions Five, a 55-foot ferry with three crew members on board, that they had run aground near the entrance to Maalaea Harbor.

Watchstanders issued an urgent marine broadcast to mariners and dispatched a 29-foot Response Boat-small crew from Station Maui. The Station Maui crew confirmed that the vessel was hard aground with their anchor deployed and the vessel’s hull was intact.

The Expedition Five has a maximum diesel fuel capacity of 250-gallons, but there is no sheen or pollution reported coming from the vessel at this time. The vessel’s management is in contact with their insurance company to coordinate a plan for salvage efforts.

The next high tide is forecast for 4:00 a.m., Jan. 23, 2024.

The Coast Guard will continue to monitor the situation.