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The Coast Guard says a damaged Chinese cargo ship that's making an unscheduled stop on Oahu was heading to Cuba among other spots in the Caribbean before it ran into trouble.

The ``Tong Cheng'' and its 26-member crew plan to abort the rest of their voyage and return to China for permanent repairs.

The ship's hull has a crack more than four feet long that crew members believed was caused by a rough storm.

The Coast Guard has been helping remove water from the Tong Cheng for several days to make the boat light enough to enter the harbor at Barbers Point for emergency repairs yesterday.

The Coast Guard says the ship is carrying plywood, steel, diesel engines and P-C-B resin.

However, a U-S Customs and Border Protection official says an earlier report that the ship also carried limited amounts of ammunition proved to be incorrect.

Customs and Coast Guard officers say they plan to screen the cargo as a safety precaution.
Source: Hawaii News

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