Driverless Electric Buses to Debut in Kaohsiung, 2017

Driverless electric buses will ply a route around Kaohsiung’s Hamaxing District in October next year, when Kaohsiung City hosts EcoMobility World Festival 2017. The district will be closed to private vehicles for the month of October, as Kaohsiung City, and exhibitors from around the world showcase environmental and people-friendly forms of urban transportation. The French-made NAVYA ARMA is a driverless electric vehicle that can accommodate up to 15 passengers and travel up to 45 kilometers per hour, while avoiding obstacles

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Survivor Found in Overturned Fishing Boat

[Picture: United Daily News] A fisherman was rescued after surviving 38 hours in the overturned hull of a fishing vessel Sunday morning, December 11. The body of the captain was recovered later the same day. Jinrui Yi No. 88, with a crew of 8, sailed out of Keelung Harbor December 7 to fish for shrimp off the coast of Hsinchu County. The vessel overturned in big waves while rounding Cape Fukuei on its way back to port, Friday evening December

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Oil Tanker Safe: Thanks to Japanese Horsepower.

Photo: Taiwan Coastguard. The 40,407 gross ton oil tanker Kang-yun, carrying 20,000 kiloliters of aviation fuel, along with heavy oil, and diesel fuel was dragged off the seabed today, after being grounded since December 1, 2016. The CNPC tanker Kang Yun ran aground Thursday morning, due to a combination of mechanical failure and bad weather, according to various reports in Taiwan’s Chinese language media. On Thursday, harbor officials downplayed the seriousness of the incident and assured the public that the

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Grounded Oil Tanker has Crack in Hull: No need to worry, say authorities

An oil tanker that ran aground on the north coast of Taiwan, on the morning of December 1, has a crack in the hull, and is taking water, according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA). The vessel Kang Yun, carrying 20,000 kiloliters of Aviation fuel, as well as diesel and heavy oil ran aground at around 9:00am, Thursday morning (Taiwan time: GMT+8). Harbor authorities on Thursday assured the public that there was nothing to worry about, and that tugs would

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EPA on Standby: Tanker Aground Won’t Budge

[Cover Picture: United Daily News] New Taipei City: The Environmental Protection Agency is on standby, and monitoring the grounded oil tanker Kang-yun after tugs failed to move the 40, 407 gross-ton ship at high tide yesterday afternoon. Harbor officials yesterday appeared confident the ship would be moved. They said only the ships stern sat on the sandy bottom. The EPA yesterday also attempted to allay public fears of an oil spill. They pointed out that the double-hulled ship had little

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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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Exotic Venom-spurting Stinkbugs Invade Taiwan

Taiwan Environmental Information Center has reported that Keelung City has experienced an explosion of giant stink bugs this year. The bugs can spurt a skin-burning venom when disturbed. The exotic species, Tessaratoma papillosa, is believed to have traveled by ship from Kinmen in 2009. The bugs are commonly found in China. Since they arrived, they have been recorded all over the island except for Hualien and Taitung counties. The giant stink bugs are a pest in trees of the Sapindaceae

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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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Residents Plant Trees After Water Company Destroys “Green Tunnel”

Photos: United Daily News Residents of Keelung gathered to plant trees in an area previously cleared by Taiwan Water Corporation. The land is owned by the water corporation, but residents were incensed when the government-owned company cleared the land to build a depot. The mature trees once lined both sides of the road, forming what residents called a “green tunnel”. Keelung Mayor Lin You-chang, and legislator Tsai Shi-ying turned up to show their support for the 300 residents who registered

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Prison Walls Turned into 3D Eco-Mural

Photo: Central News Agency The once drab concrete walls of a prison on Green Island have been transformed into a series of 3D murals, depicting the marine ecology of the island, and surrounding ocean. The murals were unveiled at a ceremony today, Wednesday, 26 October, 2016. The notorious prison was used by the KMT (Chinese Nationalist Party) government during the martial-law era between 1949 and 1986. Political prisoners were housed there, as well as dangerous criminals and gangsters. Today, the

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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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