Freighter runs aground on coast of southern Taiwan after crew abandons crippled ship

A crew of 13 was rescued from a freighter yesterday, after the drifting vessel began to list dangerously, then the ship ran aground after an attempt to tow the vessel failed. The Sierra-Leone-registered, 2,600 ton general-cargo freighter, Zhihai 8, lost power in the early hours of the morning, yesterday, October 12. The crew abandoned ship by life raft after the ship began listing severely to starboard, threatening to overturn. Coast Guard vessels and a helicopter were dispatched from the Port

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Stranded ship left to mercy of typhoon after towing operation aborted

As Typhoon Mitag bears down on Taiwan’s northeast coast, harbor authorities decided to abort an operation to tow a 1,000 tonne freighter off the rocky shore at Daxi Harbor, Yilan County, yesterday, after an inspection team found that the hull had already been breached and had taken on water. The crewless, nameless, freighter ran aground Saturday, September 28, after drifting into Taiwan waters from the Yangtze River via the sea of Japan. Maritime authorities believe that the ship had been

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Ghost ship runs aground in Yilan County as tropical storm approaches

A crewless Chinese freighter first spotted drifting off the coast of northeastern Taiwan yesterday, September 27, ran aground on a rocky shoreline outside Daxi Fishing Harbor in Yilan County today, September 28. According to United Daily News, Japanese authorities alerted Taiwan about the drifting ship Thursday, September 26, after it was spotted in Japanese waters. Japan also contacted maritime authorities in China, but received no response from the Chinese. Taiwan coast guard ships yesterday intercepted the ship 15.7 nautical miles

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Fuel Oil Removed in Nick of Time as Grounded Ship Breaks Up

One of two empty oil tankers that ran aground on the coast of Kaohsiung on June 14 broke into two pieces this morning, June 18. Fortunately, despite being hampered by continuing poor weather conditions, fuel oil was successfully removed from the vessel yesterday, and a major pollution incident was averted. The Panamanian-flagged MT Shine Luck and the Fiji-registered Winner 19 ran aground at around the same time last Thursday evening, as a tropical low that had almost reached typhoon strength

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Oil Pumping Operation on Grounded Tankers Hampered by Bad Weather

[Picture: Maritime and Port Bureau] Fuel oil is being pumped from two oil tankers that ran aground on the coast of Kaohsiung June 14, but operations have been hampered by large swells and heavy rain today, June 17. Efforts to drain the ships stepped up today, but work had to frequently stop as waves continued to pound the MT Shine Luck, which is grounded against concrete wave-breakers. The Winner 19 is grounded on sand on Linyuan Beach, and while there

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Two Oil Tankers Aground Near Port of Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung Coast Guard Administration rescued a total of 32 crew members from two oil tankers that ran aground near the Port of Kaohsiung due to stormy weather yesterday evening, June 14. The Fiji-registered 19 Winner, and the Panama-flagged MT Shine Luck, both lost their moorings in high wind and heavy seas generated by a tropical low pressure system at around 8:00pm, and ran aground in shallow waters near Fengbitou. Fourteen crew, including the captain of the Fijian vessel, which was

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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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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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