12 Indonesian seafarers were rescued from the cargo ship Jin Hua, one
of the vessels that went aground off Kaohsiung, Taiwan during a storm last
Jin Hua suffered a hull breach, and its engine
room and some of its cabins are reported to be flooded.
the latest update from the bureau, the condition of the vessel has deteriorated
and the crew had to be hoisted from the ship. The imagery from the site shows
that the ship’s stern is partially submerged.
Kaohsiung authorities expressed concern that the grounded cargo ship may leak
oil and pollute the ocean, as it is carrying around 90 tons of heavy fuel
oil and 35 tons of diesel. As such, the authorities have urged the relevant
parties to start removing the oil as soon as possible to avoid an oil spill.
added that the plan is to salvage the vessel once the weather conditions allow
Jin Hua is
one of the seven
ships that ran aground last
week due to inclement weather that battered Taiwan. Cargo ship Unlimited 2,
also got grounded in the area. The bureau said on Monday that the residual oil
has been removed from the stricken ship and the shipowner has been instructed
to submit a salvage plan to the authorities in order to remove the ship from
the grounding site as soon as possible to reduce impact on the marine