Crew rescued from grounded freighter: weather and sea conditions hamper salvage operations

A crew of 9 were lifted off a ship by crane after the vessel ran aground at Budai Port in Chiayi County yesterday, August 5. The crew lost control of the freighter Shanbao II, en route from Penghu Islands to Budai Port, when the rudder broke in heavy seas generated by tropical storm Lupit. The ship drifted into wave breaking blocks near the entrance to the port at around 3:00 pm Thursday afternoon. A rescue team employed a crane and

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4 missing after offshore construction platform partially capsizes in Guangdong, China

Chinese marine search and rescue services are searching for four people missing after an offshore construction platform tilted dangerously, flooding the deck and almost capsizing off the coast of Huizhou in Guangdong Province today, July 25. According to CCTV, the Huizhou Maritime Safety Administration began a search and rescue operation after receiving reports of the accident at around 11:00 am this morning. The 90-meter-long, 50-meter-wide offshore construction platform SHENG PING 001 began tilting while working on the CGN New Energy

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Chinese sand dredger capsizes in Taiwan Strait, 4 rescued, 1 dead, 3 missing

Five people were plucked from the water, but one was later declared dead, and three more are missing after a Chinese sand dredger capsized around 60 nautical miles southwest of Qimei Island this morning, May 15. Taiwan Coast Guard Administration (TCGA) dispatched several patrol boats, and the National Airborne Service Corps sent a helicopter after a notification from the the National Rescue Command Center at 4:36 am. The rescued crew members were flown to the Chiayi Airport where they were

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3 of 4 crew of sunken fishing boat rescued after 36 hours adrift on makeshift raft

Three crew members who abandoned their sinking fishing vessel Wednesday night, May 5, were found adrift on a makeshift raft this morning, Friday, May 7. The captain of the Pingtung County based Yushunsheng No. 168 sent a distress call at around 11:00 pm Wednesday, saying that the boat was sinking after hitting rocks on a reef off Cape Eluanbi, the crew then abandoned ship. A search and rescue operation ensued after a Coast Guard cruiser sent to the location was

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Crew of four missing after fishing boat hits reef off Taiwan’s southernmost point

A partially sunken fishing was located this evening, but there were no signs of a crew of four, after the captain of the vessel made a mayday call saying his boat was sinking off Cape Eluanbi yesterday evening, May 5. A Coast Guard cruiser was dispatched to the location of the sinking vessel after the captain of the Pingtung County-based Yushunsheng no. 168 sent a distress call, saying that his ship was taking on water after hitting rocks on a

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Taiwan Coast Guard reaches, prepares to board fishing boat to investigate missing crew

The 1,000 ton class Taiwan Coast Guard cutter Patrol No.8 has reached the Taiwanese fishing vessel Yong Yu Sing No.18 west of Midway atoll, and officers are preparing to board the vessel to investigate the fate of the missing crew today, January 29. The Yong Yu Sing No.18 was first reported missing December 30 after the owner lost contact with the crew. A subsequent air search by a US fixed-wing aircraft from Hawaii located the vessel 606 nautical miles northeast

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Taiwanese long-liner with missing crew under tow and expected to be boarded tomorrow

A Taiwanese fishing vessel that has been drifting at sea with no sign of crew after being spotted by a search and rescue aircraft January 2, is now under tow, and expected to be able to be boarded once it reaches calmer waters tomorrow. See previous stories: Missing Taiwan fishing boat spotted near Midway, no sign of crew Mystery deepens over Taiwanese ghost ship adrift in Pacific Ocean After being approached by Taiwanese fishing vessel Lian Horng No. 67, who

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Missing Taiwan fishing boat spotted near Midway, no sign of crew

A Taiwanese ocean-going fishing vessel that lost contact six days ago was spotted from the air north of Midway Island January 2, but there was no sign of crew aboard the ship. The owner of the Tuna longliner, Yong Yu Sing No.18, reported the ship missing after failing to make contact with the captain on December 30. On January 1, the owner requested help via the Port of Su’ao Fishery Radio, and notified the Fisheries Bureau, Coast Guard, and the

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Burmese oil tanker crewman airlifted to Taiwan after being stabbed at sea, but dies in transit

A Myanmar national died after being airlifted to Taiwan for emergency treatment following a stabbing incident aboard an oil tanker north of Pengjia Islet yesterday, January 1. Taiwan’s Coast Guard received a request for emergency assistance at 6:10 pm stating that a crew member on the Cook-Island-flagged oil tanker NEW PROGRESS was seriously injured after being stabbed twice during a fight with another crew member. The injured crew member had low blood pressure and a weak heartbeat, according to the

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Disabled oil tanker drifting towards Philippines

A crude oil tanker that lost power after an engine room fire near Orchid Island, Taiwan, yesterday, December 8, has drifted towards the Philippines northernmost island of Mavulis, according to reports this evening, December 9. See previous story: Coast Guard dispatches helicopter, patrol boats after oil tanker catches fire off Taiwan’s east coast United Daily News reported this afternoon, that the 58,446 ton, Liberian-registered MARQUESSA remained adrift, after poor weather prevented a tug leaving the port of Kaohsiung earlier today.

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Coast Guard dispatches helicopter, patrol boats after oil tanker catches fire off Taiwan’s east coast

A Liberian-registered crude oil tanker caught fire 16.5 nautical miles east of Taiwan’s Orchid Island, and rescue crews were dispatched to rescue the 24 crew members on board, today, December 8. The National Airborne Service Corps (NASC) said the captain of the MARQUESSA sent out distress calls at 10:30 am this morning, reporting a fire in the vessel’s engine room. Three Coast Guard patrol boats and an NASC blackhawk helicopter were dispatched to rescue the crew after the vessel lost

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