By Erin Marx
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Chinese Maritime Safety Administration ship, Haixun 31, made its first port call in Honolulu Harbor on Friday.
The U.S. Coast Guard escorted the Haixun 31 with a parade of ships to Aloha Tower Friday afternoon, including the CG Cutter Galveston Island and the fireboat Moku Ahi.
Government officials Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz, Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle and several Chinese delegates gathered for a welcome ceremony at Aloha Tower, with traditional Chinese and Hawaiian dances.
The Coast Guard says the ship's first visit to the country is an opportunity to strengthen relationships on maritime missions.