Container Ship Sinks Outside Kaohsiung Port In Taiwan

A huge container vessel sank outside Kaohsiung Port on the morning of 21st July.

Video Credits: Taiwan News 

The day before, the Palau-flagged ship named Angel listed on its port side. The Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC), which manages that port’s operations, tried to save the vessel, but it began taking on water and sank from the stern.

Only the ship’s bow could be seen above the water. Hence many containers on board fell into the sea.

Reportedly, at 8:46 pm, on 4th July, the vessel asked permission from the port authority to temporarily anchor on the western side of the 2nd anchorage of Kaohsiung Port, 2.8 nm away from the facility’s southern breakwater.

However, on Thursday, the vessel, with a gross tonnage of 16,145 tons, began to list significantly, and the captain issued an order to abandon the vessel.

The TIPC informed the Coast Guard to help evacuate 19 crew members, one of whom was injured and taken to the hospital. However, his condition is not severe.

The container ship had 1349 empty containers, and among them, six fell into the sea on Thursday, compromising safety; hence the port authority shut the first entrance and instructed all vessels to enter and exit the port from Entrance Number 2.

However, later the first entrance was opened for vessels, but vessel captains were advised to be cautious. Also, the second entrance was closed on Friday morning, and after conducting an emergency clearance, it was opened again.

The Port Authority has informed the shipowner to submit the plan for wreck salvage, refloating and oil-water extraction as per Commercial Law. The port authority also sent vessels to monitor the region near the sunken ship.

References: Taiwan News, Taiwanenglishnews

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