No Ammunition on Chinese Ship

Lamar Witmer
Lamar Witmer

Jan 27, 2007 09:13 AM

by Kristine Uyeno

KALAELOA (KHNL) - The public shouldn't be concerned about a Chinese vessel that has made an emergency stop on Oahu.

That's the latest word from customs officials.

They say there are no ammunition, explosives or hazardous waste aboard the Tong Cheng.

"The confusion was all related to translation that was on the manifest, descriptions were somewhat vague," said Lamar Witmer, port director.

The cargo ship was escorted to Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor on Friday afternoon.

This emergency stop will allow crews to fix a crack in its hull. They made temporary repairs when the ship was at sea. The visit has worried residents and businesses like Marisco.

"Foreign flagship vessels tend to use tributal tin for underwater hull preservation, that's a very strong toxic. In America, we're not allowed to use it," said Steve Hinton, environmental compliance manager.

The Coast Guard is checking for any damage to the environment.

"And none has been found since the ship was over 70 miles away over a week ago," said Vincent Atkins, Coast Guard port captain.

The vessel was heading to the Caribbean, but will now return to China for further inspections and repairs.

The Coast Guard says it could remain here for another week or two. All 26 crewmembers will remain aboard the ship.

The vessel's owner has set up a claims process for businesses affected by this.

If this change in schedule at the harbor is affecting your company, call 1-888-509-8591.