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Cargo ship run aground off Taoyuan refloated

2017/10/21 17:53:51

Taipei, Oct. 21 (CNA) The stranded Panama-registered cargo ship "Harvest Sky" was refloated on Friday night after running aground off Taoyuan on Oct. 14, indicated a press release by the Maritime and Port Bureau on Saturday.

The marooned 50,626-ton bulk carrier became stuck 0.3 nautical miles off the coast after its main and steering engines malfunctioned, though none of the 21 crew members were hurt, the bureau said.

The vessel was towed to safety in the face of strong winds and high waves by the 10,000 horsepower salvage tugboat, during the full tide at 11 p.m. on Oct. 20, the bureau said.

Filed to leave the coast by Oct. 16 midnight, the cargo ship owner has been fined NT$800,000 (US$26,458) for violating the Commercial Port Law, the bureau added.

In addition, the vessel's cargo of 19,000 tons of coal and 1,590 tons of diesel were found to have caused no water pollution.

(By Wang Shu-feng and Isabel Wang)
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