Baby Finless Porpoise Washed up on Oil-Stained Beach

A dead juvenile finless porpoise was found on an oil-contaminated beach in Kinmen County yesterday, November 3, after a Chinese-registered gravel ship that ran aground last month broke up and sank around 700 meters offshore. The vessel Quan Hai 88 ran aground on October 16, with 10 tons of diesel fuel and 60 tons of heavy oil on board, according to this Liberty Times Network Report made on October 17. The same report said that port authorities on the Taiwan

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Stranded Bulk-freighter Finally Towed Free

A bulk carrier that ran aground off the coast of Taoyuan City October 14 was finally towed free at 11:00pm last night, October 20. The owners of the 95,717 DWT (Gross Tonnage: 50,626) Harvest Sky carrying a load of coal bound for an unloading facility in Linkou District accumulated fines of NT$800,000, after being issued an NT$100,000 fine every day the vessel was stranded. The vessel owners contracted Nippon Salvage to rescue the vessel, but a tug sent to attempt

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Tug Sent to Rescue Stranded Freighter Also Runs Aground

Taoyuan City firefighters had to rescue the crew of a tugboat sent to help a coal freighter stranded off the coast, after the tug lost power and ran aground today, October 18. Taoyuan Fire Bureau dispatched 15 firefighters, an ambulance, and 6 inflatable boats to rescue the crew of 9 on the tug. On October 14, the Panamanian-registered Harvest Sky ran aground in foul weather 300 meters off the coast near Taoyuan City. The 95,717 tonne bulk carrier has a

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Crew Rescued After Abandoning Capsized Ship

The crew of a Honduran-registered freighter was rescued by Taiwan coast guard in the early ours of the morning after the ship capsized off the coast of south-west Taiwan. The coast guard office received a report from the National Rescue Command Center that the 2,673 tonne freighter Ming An had capsized 36 nautical miles from the port of Kaohsiung at 1:38am. The crew of 14 Indonesian nationals had abandoned the vessel in rough seas. The Coast Guard dispatched ships and

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Remains of Missing Diver Found

The body of a post-graduate student who went missing while diving off Orchid Island October 15 has been found and recovered today. The remains of Lin Jiazhi were found just 200 meters away from the place he went missing. Volunteer divers joined the search this morning at around 6:00am. At 8:40am the divers located a body underwater. A coast guard boat was dispatched to recover the remains. Related Video See Previous Article: Sea Snake Researcher Missing off Orchid Island.

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Sea Snake Researcher Missing off Orchid Island

A doctoral student from National Chung Hsing University is missing after diving in waters around Orchid Island Sunday morning, October 15. The doctoral candidate name Lin was diving with a colleague when his diving buddy realized Lin was missing at around 11:50am. Witnesses on shore reported seeing Lin floating on the surface before he disappeared again. Local coast guards rushed to the scene and called in a helicopter to assist with the search for the missing man. Local volunteers also

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Stranded Ship Mysteriously Catches Fire

A 500 ton Mongolian-registered cargo ship that ran aground on the coast of Changhua County October 13 suddenly erupted into flames at around 4:00am this morning. At around 4:00am, Changhua County Fire Bureau received a report from Coast Guard officers that the cabin of the Lianhe 36 was on fire. Five firefighting teams were dispatched to deal with the blaze, along with 17 firefighting appliances and an ambulance. Firefighters used ladders to board the stranded vessel and took around one

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Ship Aground on Changhua Coast

A 500 ton Mongolian-registered cargo ship ran aground on the coast of Changhua County yesterday, October 13, during stormy weather and high seas generated by a typhoon in the South China Sea. The vessel named Lianhe 36 is stranded on the shore of an industrial zone in Hsienhsi Township. The crew of six were evacuated from the vessel, and an emergency crew boarded to pump out the diesel fuel October 14 to prevent an oil spill if the vessel breaks

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Remains of Whale Found in Hsinchu

A whale carcass was recovered by researchers after being found washed up against wave breakers in Hsinchu County this morning, Sunday, October 1. Professor Wang Jianping(王建平) from Cheng Kung University Cetacean Research Center identified the animal as a species of baleen whale. The remains were taken back to the research center for further identification and study. The 10 meter long whale carcass was found in the vicinity of Gangnan Coastal Scenic Area. A fishing boat was used to tow the

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Big Waves Lash North Coast: Truck Swept to Sea, 104 Anglers Trapped, 1 Person Drowned

[Cover picture: United Daily News] Anglers fishing off a breakwater at the entrance of Keelung Harbor were suddenly faced with a life-threatening situation when a series of large waves surged over the concrete platform this morning. Keelung Harbor Bureau said that sea conditions before the waves began to surge where normal. At around 8:00am waves began to surge over the breakwater. A truck that had just pulled up near the edge of the breakwater was knocked over by the waves.

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Bulk Carrier Aground off Kaohsiung Coast

A 51,208 ton bulk carrier carrying coal bound for a power station in Kaohsiung ran aground yesterday as it approached a docking facility. Attempts to move the vessel at the next high tide failed this morning. The Maritime and Port Bureau said that yesterday at 5:20pm, August 14, they received a report that a vessel had run aground while approached the coal unloading facility at the Xingda Power Station. A strong current is said to have hampered the pilot’s ability

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