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Grounded Tanker splits in two off Taiwan

One of two tankers that ran aground off Kaohsiung, Taiwan last
week, split in two in    the morning hours of June 18.

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
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
crew members were safely evacuated from the units, the country’s Ocean Affairs
Council informed.
Shine Luck
was blown against concrete wave-breaks near the entrance of a fishing port,
while the Winner 19 ran aground on the Kaohsiung beach.
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.
Local media
informed that the ship’s bow section was immediately towed to Kaohsiung
Port Intercontinental Container Terminal, while the stern section is expected
to be removed when weather conditions improve.

World Maritime

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