City's Ash Ship Heads For Mystery Port In Africa

Posted: February 23, 1988

The wandering ash ship from Philadelphia has set out into the Atlantic again, this time headed for an undisclosed destination in Africa.

The Coast Guard in Miami said today the Khian Sea, which has roamed the oceans for 17 months, left for Africa over the weekend after repairs were made to the vessel off the Florida Coast.

"I'm not able to find out where he's going in Africa and it's really no concern of ours to pursue it any further," Coast Guard Petty Officer Steven Allen said.

The Coast Guard last week broadcast a "notice to mariners" seeking the whereabouts of the cargo ship, which was chased out of Haiti earlier this month after dumping 1,000 to 3,000 tons of its 15,000-ton cargo.

The ship also has been rejected by the Bahamas, Bermuda, Honduras, the Dominican Republic and the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau.

Until Friday, Allen said, the Khian Sea spent several days anchored 12 miles off the coast of Fort Pierce, Fla., broken down with engine trouble and waiting for parts, said Allen.

That's the last time the 460-foot ship was spotted, he said. Yesterday the Coast Guard called off its watch.

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