All 12 crewmembers of the stranded container ship ‘Jin Hua’ were safely rescued, Taiwan’s Maritime and Port Bureau informed. The authorities are now examining a plan to salvage the vessel when the weather conditions allow it.
The container ship ‘Jin Hua’ ran aground on August 23 and its hull has been damaged, while its engine room and some cabins are reported to be flooded.
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The ship’s condition has now gotten worse and there are concerns that oil may leak, as the vessel is carrying about 90 tons of heavy fuel oil and 35 tons of diesel. For this reason, the authorities called the relevant parties to remove the oil as soon as possible.
‘Jin Hua’ was among the seven ships that grounded off Kaohsiung Port in Taiwan due to heavy winds and waves, due to a storm that hit Taiwan. All 88 crew of the seven ships that were stranded are reported safe, Taiwan’s Maritime and Port Bureau informed.
Currently, the local authorities are waiting for weather conditions to improve so as to be able to start response operations and prevent potential oil spills.
Recently, Tainan City has experienced heavy rain which led to floods and people evacuating their districts.