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 to free the ship on October 18 also ran aground.

The Port of Tokyo based Koyo Maru, a 10,000 horsepower salvage and rescue vessel owned by Nippon Salvage successfully towed the Harvest Sky free of the muddy, gravelly bottom at high tide last night.

In December last year, the Koyo Maru rescued the 40,407 gross ton CNPC-owned oil tanker Kang Yun after it ran aground on the coast of New Taipei City.

The Koyo Maru salvage and rescue vessel
The Koyo Maru is not just a tugboat: It’s a 10,000 horsepower salvage and rescue vessel. If the Koyo Maru can’t move it, it’s stuck.

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