Oil Tanker Aground on Taipei Coast

An CNPC oil tanker carrying 20,000 kiloliters of aviation gas ran aground on the coast of New Taipei City this morning, and is currently sitting less than 200 meters from shore. Tugs have been sent to attempt to tow the ship offshore at high-tide. The ship ran aground at Ruibin at around 9:00am. According to a harbor bureau section chief, the ship was preparing to enter Shen-ao Harbor when the crew miscalculated the depth at low tide. Harbor authorities said

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Litter Found in Stomachs of Dolphinfish

The manager of a fish-processing plant uploaded pictures to social media yesterday, after finding a a plastic ring, plastic straw, and other foreign objects in a fishes’ stomach. He hopes that the pictures will draw attention to the problem of environmental pollution. Chen Jun-jie has been working in the seafood industry for more than 20 years, and said that recently there have been more cases of discarded objects found in fish stomachs. Objects found recently include plastic straws, rubber bands,

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Crew of Taiwan-owned Boat Released by Pirates after 4 Years Captivity

The Taiwanese chief engineer of a fishing boat was set free yesterday, along with 25 crew from China, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Cambodia, after being held captive in Somalia for more than four years. The Taiwanese owned, Oman registered fishing vessel Naham 3 was the last commercial ship captured by pirates during Somalia’s pirate scourge. The crew was kidnapped March 2012, but the Taiwan ship owner claimed he had no money to pay the ransom. Of the 29 original crew,

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Oil Spills Pose Environmental Threat After Typhoon

Ships cast adrift after cables snapped during Typhoon Meranti’s onslaught in southern Taiwan and Kinmen, now pose an environmental threat as oil spills from the stranded vessels. Authorities are struggling to contain oil spills in Kaohsiung’s Xiziwan (West Bay), and on the island of Kinmen (Golden Gate). Four Seine-Net fishing vessels whose cables snapped during the typhoon ran aground in Xiziwan, and oil spilling from the boats is threatening a nearby coral ecosystem. After viewing the site on September 15,

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Greek Carrier Sinks Chinese Fishing Boat: 6 Rescued, 8 Missing

The Greek registered bulk carrier Anangel Courage sent out a distress call at approximately 5.30am Tokyo time after it collided with a Chinese fishing vessel, which sank near the Senkaku (Diaoyutai) Islands. Six crew were rescued by a Japanese Coast Guard ship, and 8 are missing. Coast guard boats from China and fixed-wing aircraft from Japan were immediately dispatched to the area. Taiwan has sent search and rescue vessels from Taoyuan and Keelung coast guard stations. The Greek ship is

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American Ship Catches Fire in Kaohsiung Harbor

An American-flagged fishing vessel caught fire while docked in Kaohsiung harbor today, August 4, 2016. Nine fire trucks and two fire boats were dispatched to deal with the blaze. At 3:13pm, thick smoke and flames erupted from behind the bridge of the 258.4 foot American Eagle. The flames spread to the bridge, but fortunately nobody was trapped on the vessel and no casualties were reported. The cause of the fire is being investigated. It took firefighters more than an hour

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Vietnam Government Comes Clean on Toxic Waste: Formosa to Blame

The government of Vietnam has at last announced the results of an investigation into a massive fish-kill in the central coastal provinces. The fish-kill was caused by toxic pollutants released from a steel-mill owned by Taiwan-based industrial conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group. The announcement was made late afternoon Thursday June 30. Citizens have long known the steel-mill in Ha Tinh Province was responsible for the disaster, but the government, who didn’t respond to the environmental emergency for the first two weeks

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Taiwan Tightens Net on Protected Fish Species: Imports Intercepted

Customs officials yesterday found protected species in a shipment of frozen fish imported from Indonesia. The shipment had been declared to contain blackspot tuskfish (Choerodon schoenleinii), also known as green wrasse, ‘and other parrot fish’. When inspected, the shipment was found to include 23 green humphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum), with a total weight of 80kg. The species is protected under Taiwan’s wildlife protection laws, and is banned from export or import. When told the shipment violated the law, a representative

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