Passenger ferry grounds near entrance to Maui harbor

(HONOLULU) — The U.S. Coast Guard continues to respond to a passenger ferry that ran aground near Maalaea Harbor, Maui, on Monday.

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

Expeditions Five underway. All American Marine photo

Watch standers 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 its anchor deployed, and the vessel’s hull was intact.

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 was forecast for 4 a.m. Tuesday.

– U.S. Coast Guard

By Professional Mariner Staff