South China Morning Post photographer Dickson Lee last night told of conditions on the Kien Hwa No 2. He said cramped space left media representatives sleeping in the open air. 'We have put all our equipment in the three containers assigned to the media. There is no room for anyone to sleep,' he said. They were facing a night with sleeping bags on wooden planks that had been used to cover the cargo hold. 'We will be sleeping under the stars, or rain, on the boards,' he said. He told how the chef who was booked for the trip fell ill at the last minute and did not go. Protesters aboard the ship stepped in and manned the galley. Two makeshift toilets were built, giving the 79 passengers four. Lee said the atmosphere on board the vessel, while not tense, seemed frenetic, with photographers constantly checking their equipment and some journalists holding torches while writing stories. 'So far no one has been seasick as far as I'm aware. Right now, everything is pretty calm but we are worried that it may rain because there are some nasty looking clouds in the skies.' But there were moments for reflection. Lee noticed people leaning on the ship's railings, looking into the darkness, waiting for what the morning would bring.