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Flossie arrives, but shipping goes on

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Tropical Storm Flossie's effect on Hawaiian waters was expected to be too brief to significantly disrupt maritime shipping.

Matson Navigation's linehaul vessel MV Manulani arrived at Sand Island on Sunday afternoon, beating the storm, and longshore workers started offloading cargo Sunday night.

"We will work our linehaul vessel until we determine the weather becomes unsafe," said Vic Angoco, the senior Matson manager at the Sand Island yard.

Another ship, the SS Kauai, arrived Saturday night, discharged its cargo, loaded more, and sailed before midnight Sunday night. Matson's website showed the Kauai sailing north from the islands Monday morning.

The MV Mahimahi is sailing to Hawaii from the West Coast but won't arrive until Wednesday when the storm is expected to have moved west of Oahu.

A Matson barge sailed from Sand Island Sunday night and arrived Monday morning at the West Hawaii port of Kawaihae. Barges were being loaded Monday for later sailings to Hilo and Kahului.

A Horizon Lines ship was in Hilo as the storm neared, according to the company website.

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