Grounded Tanker Splits in Two off Taiwan

Grounded Tanker Splits in Two off Taiwan

One of two tankers that ran aground off Kaohsiung, Taiwan, split in two.

27 June 2018

The tankers Shine Luck and Winner 19 ran aground due to a tropical low that had almost reached typhoon strength off Taiwan on June 14.

The ships’ 32 crewmembers were safely evacuated from the units, the country’s Ocean Affairs Council informed.

According to Taiwan’s Maritime and Port Bureau (MOTC), the tankers were not loaded with cargo at the time, however, they jointly had around 200 metric meters of oil on board.

The authorities decided to extract the oil from the 5,357 dwt tanker Shine Luck in order to prevent a possible oil spill.

The oil removal operations were concluded on June 17 and the 1992-built tanker broke in two the next day.

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