4 Jun 2015

Clean-up underway for stranded American Samoa ship

8:31 am on 4 June 2015

In American Samoa, all the fuel that was on board the long-liner Seahawk 68, grounded on the reef off the airport, has been successfully removed.

Seahawk 68, grounded on the reef just outside of American Samoa

Seahawk 68, grounded on the reef just outside of American Samoa Photo: US Coast Guard

The US Coast Guard says the threat of an oil spill from the vessel no longer exists.

The Coast Guard has now turned over jurisdiction for grounded vessel to the American Samoa Government.

Two members of the Pacific Strike Team from Honolulu who traveled to the Territory last Friday to make an assessment of the vessel and oversee the fuel removal has wrapped up their work and are scheduled to depart tomorrow.

The owners of the vessel has contracted a company from Houston Texas Mammoet Salvage Company to assess the best way to remove the vessel from the reef,

The longliner ran aground the reef on the morning of May 22. All 22 crew members on board swam to safety with the help of some residents of Coconut Point.

The crew was mostly Indonesian with a few Taiwanese workers.

The Coast Guard is still investigating how and why the vessel ran aground the reef that morning.

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