High winds and seas off Taiwan have delayed rescue efforts for several of the boats that grounded on August 23rd during a severe storm.
The draining of the remaining oil in the tanks of grounded general cargo ship Tai Cang Hu 1 (IMO 9142423) was suspended on August 27th due to bad weather. The oil needs to be drained prior to a salvage operation. An underwater inspection was undertaken done by divers to check the vessel’s condition. During the first check the hull was found to be generally stable. The 12 crew members had been taken off the vessel by the Coast Guard Administration on August 24. The ship ran aground south of Taiwan, near Kaohsiung port, Taiwan during the morning of August 23rd.
Salvage operations of chemical oil products tanker Dragonaria (IMO 9172765) were suspended on August 27th due to poor sea status; the crew members have been taken off the vessel by Coast Guard Administration. The tanker ran aground south of Taiwan, near Kaohsiung port, during the morning of August 23rd.
The 12 Indonesian crew members on board containership Jin Hua (IMO 9131010) also asked on August 27th to be taken off their vessel amid deteriorating conditions. National Search and Rescue Command Centre planned to evacuate them as soon as the weather conditions improved. On August 26th the rudder of the containership parted and some tanks on the vessel were flooded. The oil removal operation was scheduled to begin as soon as possible. Jin Hua was carrying 35 tonnes of diesel oil and 90 tonnes of fuel oil when she ran aground south of Taiwan, near Kaohsiung port on the morning of August 23rd.
1997-built, Panama-flagged, 2,900 gt Tai Cang Hu 1 is owned by Shantou Sun Rising Shipping Co care of Sun Rising Shipping Management of Hong Kong. ISM manager is Hongkong Chengyi Shipping & Trade of Hong Kong.
1998-built, Palau-flagged, 4,206 gt Dragonaria is owned by Fortune In Co Ltd care of manager New Sheng of Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.
1997-built, Sierra Leone-flagged, 4,813 gt Jin Hua is owned and managed by Kimure Shipping of Hong Kong.