15 Feb 2018

No pollution from fishing vessel aground in American Samoa

3:04 pm on 15 February 2018

The US Coast Guard says a fishing vessel grounded in American Samoa doesn't pose a pollution threat.

US coast guard boat.

US coast guard boat. Photo: kelleherphoto/123RF

The 26 metre Chu Zai Fa No.1, which has split in half, is stuck in the surf about 300 yards off Leone Bay.

The Coast Guard said a team from its Honolulu Prevention division concluded that all eight fuel tanks on the vessel, including the hydraulic tanks, were empty.

US Coast Guard captain, Michael Long, said, in a statement, that they were relieved to know that there was no threat of pollution to the village of Leone.

The owner of the vessel was working with local authorities on a salvage plan.