Bulker Harvest Sky Still Aground off Taiwan

Panama-flagged bulk carrier Harvest Sky is still stuck off the coast of Taiwan’s Taoyuan City, where it ran aground in the morning hours of October 14, the country’s Maritime and Port Bureau (MOTC) informed.

The 2013-built ship, loaded with some 19,000 tons of coal and 1,590 tons of diesel, suffered a steering gear failure in rough weather which lead to the incident.

There were no reports of water pollution following the grounding, MOTC said, adding that all of the vessel’s 21 crew members were safe.

The authorities set up an emergency response team to monitor the area for any possible signs of an oil spill.

An emergency meeting with a representative of the ship owner, Taiwan’s coast guard, the Taoyuan County Environmental Protection Bureau, and the Maritime and Port Bureau, concluded that the vessel would be towed to safety when the weather conditions at the site improved.

The ship’s owner has hired Nippon Salvage to conduct the refloating operations.

According to AIS data from Marine Traffic, the 95,717 dwt ship was on its way from the country’s Port of Kaohsiung to Linkou District when it ran into trouble.

World Maritime News Staff

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