Matson responds following molasses spill in Honolulu HarborUPDATED 6:51 PM HST Sep 12, 2013Video Transcript
The 12 inch pipeline that burst sending an estimated 233,000 gallons of molasses into Honolulu Harbor was located below the waterline near Pier 52. The leak came as a complete surprise to Matson as molasses was loaded onto the SS Maui on Monday. VIC ANGOCO: "THE LINE IS FULLY CHARGED. THE LEAK OCCURRED IN AN AREA THAT WAS NOT IN USE AND WE WEREN'T AWARE OF IT UNTIL IT CAME TO OUR ATTENTION MONDAY." On Thursday there WERE signs of life close to where the spill occurred, but Four days later, Matson continues to focus on its response to the ecological disaster. The company could not tell us the age of the pipeline that burst, who it belongs to, or how long molasses poured into the harbor before the leak was stopped sometime on Tuesday. VIC ANGOCO: "YOU'RE GOING INTO AN AREA THAT'S GOING TO BE PART OF THE INVESTIGATION. SO, I'D LEAVE THAT ALL TO THE INVESTIGATION." Matson is assisting the state Department of Health in marshalling resources to respond to the spill. The company has put people on and under the water, on the shoreline and in the air to monitor the impact. Matson HAS a response plan for a petroleum or fuel spill, but molasses was not on the company's radar. That's despite the fact that two Matson tanks receive 1,600 to 2,000 tons of molasses every week from Maui. VIC ANGOCO: "DO WE HAVE A FULLY DEVELOPED RESPONSE PLAN ON MOLASSES, NOT TO THE GREAT DETAIL. WE DON'T HAVE THE... IT'S NOT AS EASY TO PUT BOOMS OUT THERE TO COLLECT MOLASSES." Matson has inspected the pipeline that burst, but the state Department of Transportation is still deciding whether it will do the same. CAROLINE SLUYTER: "WE'RE REVIEWING OUR PLANS, BUT IN THE PAST IT HASN'T BEEN OUR PROTOCOL TO DO THAT." Meanwhile, Matson has setup a claims hotline for any businesses that may have suffered as a result of the spill. As of Thursday morning, the company had NOT received any inquiries. VIC ANGOCO: "WE TAKE PRIDE IN BEING GOOD STEWARDS OF THE LAND, GOOD STEWARDS OF THE OCEAN AND IN THIS CASE WE DIDN'T LIVE UP TO OUR STANDARDS AND WE ARE TRULY... WE ARE TRULY SORRY FOR THAT."