It’s been a little over a month since the Pacific Paradise fishing vessel ran aground on a reef near Waikiki.  Crews are back working to re-float the boat after past attempts have failed.

This weekend, moorings were placed off Kaimana Beach to help anchor a barge for crews to work on as they try to add buoyancy to the vessel.

Buoyancy is the big problem now as the water on board has been weighing it down.

“The next step in the process is going to be looking at the water-tight envelope on the vessel, going through the spaces to see if they are water tight, and making any patches that need to happen and removing the water that’s there.” Explained Sara Muir, a spokesperson for the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard says it could take two and a half more weeks or more of preparatory work before trying to move the vessel in one piece.  It says an estimated 1,500 gallons of fuel still remains on board and as many as 100 gallons may have escaped during the course of salvage.

Once the vessel is re-floated, crews will tow is 13 nautical miles south of Waikiki to an EPA approved, designated disposal site.  The vessel will then be sunk and out of harm’s way.