Chinese-flagged Cargo Ship Tong Cheng Departs Honolulu

HONOLULU — The damaged cargo vessel Tong Cheng has been repaired and this morning departed Barbers Point-Kalaeloa Harbor en route China.

Repairs were made to a crack in the vessel’s hull and the repair was certified by the vessel’s Classification Society. Coast Guard marine inspectors conducted consistent oversight of the repairs. All cargo and debris was reloaded for the vessel’s return to China.

The 485-foot cargo vessel entered Barbers Point-Kalaeloa Jan. 26 after suffering damage to the hull in heavy weather in late December. The Tong Cheng remained offshore for several days while plans were finalized to bring the vessel safely into port.

A Unified Command comprised of the Coast Guard Captain of the Port and representatives from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the State of Hawaii and Tong Cheng’s owners worked together in coordinating the repairs and cargo operations to ensure the safety of the vessel, its crew and the Port.

“This is an excellent example of cooperation, not only between the governments of the People’s Republic of China and the United States, but between federal, state, local and industry partners as well,” emphasized Capt. Vince Atkins, Captain of the Port of Honolulu. “Through these joint efforts, we were successful in saving 26 lives, preventing the ship from sinking at sea, and ensuring that Hawaiian waters remain pristine.”

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Cutter Ahi and Air Station Barbers Point conducted a 12 mile safety escort for the Motor Vessel Tong Cheng as it departed west of Oahu at 7:30 this morning. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Cutter Ahi and Air Station Barbers Point conducted a 12 mile safety escort for the Motor Vessel Tong Cheng as it departed west of Oahu at 7:30 this morning.
U.S. Coast Guard Photo

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