Five cargo ships grounded by storm Update Video partial evacuation

Aug 23 Update: 41 crew out of total 66 standed on board of 5 beached ships were evacuated by rescue team and helicopters, including all 19 crew from FLYING DRAGON, 12 crew from TAI CANG HU 1 and 10 from CHANG LONG 68. Other people are still on board, understood there’s no immediate danger. Authorities are fearing oil leaks, but there’s nothing they can do about it now, while storm is still raging in the area.

Five general cargo ships were beached by storm early in the morning Aug 23 along Kaohsiung beaches, TAI CANG HU 1 and AN LI 669 are aground to the south of Kaohsiung entrance, and SHUN HONG, CHANG LONG 68 and FLYING DRAGON are aground to the north. There are 66 crew on board of grounded ships, they’re said to be relatively safe, Coast Guard helicopters are on standby to evacuate the crews if situation worsens. No salvage possible until weather improvement.

General cargo ship TAI CANG HU 1, IMO 9142423, dwt 4901, built 1997, flag Panama, manager SUN RISING SHIPMANAGEMENT CO, HK.
General cargo ship AN LI 669, IMO 8794827, dwt 5000, built 2005, flag Panama, manager SHANTOU SUN RISING SHIPPING CO, HK.

General cargo ship SHUN HONG, IMO 8748232, dwt 4063, built 1994, flag Panama, manager SHANTOU SHUNHAI SHPG CO LTD, HK.
General cargo ship CHANG LONG 68, IMO 8793744, dwt 5000, built 2005, flag Panama, manager SHANTOU SUN RISING SHIPPING CO, HK.
General cargo ship FLYING DRAGON (? or FEI LONG ), Call sign Q9L5D, length 98 meters, flag Solomon Islands.



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