HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
[Update 7/9 at 4:50 a.m.]
After engineers worked on board the Matson cargo ship overnight, the ship's engines have restarted and the Matsonia is slowly making its way toward Oahu, officials said. It should arrive in Sand Island sometime Friday, two days later than scheduled and perhaps with some ruined perishables.
A Matson ship en route to Oahu from California has stalled at sea and may need to be towed to the islands.
A representative from the company emailed customers on Tuesday notifying them that the vessel would not arrive on its scheduled arrival date, Wednesday, because it had experienced a mechanical problem.
The ship stalled about 480 nautical miles from Honolulu with 21 people on board and loads of cargo including perishables. An emergency generator is running for the crew as they rush to fix the issue.
"While the crew has been working diligently to repair the problem, work so far has been unsuccessful," the Matson email stated. "As of now, we do not have any definitive information that would allow us to provide a revised arrival time."
Matson officials say a tug boat has been dispatched to the vessel and will tow it into Oahu if mechanics are unable to complete repairs.
Meanwhile, a tropical depression has formed in the Central Pacific, not far from Hawaii. Crewmembers aboard the Matson ship say they are not concerned about the potential for severe weather because the vessel is well-equipped to endure storms at sea.