Oil spill response in northern Taiwan hampered by bad weather

2016-03-26 21:25

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Taipei – A salvage operation to drain the tank of a grounded cargo vessel leaking oil off the coast of northern Taiwan might be carried out on Sunday if the weather cooperates, environmental officials said late on Saturday.

The 15 487-ton Taiwanese cargo ship TS Taipei was stranded on March 10 on its way from Hong Kong to Keelung Port in northern Taiwan. All 21 crew members were rescued safely. 

However, the ship split in two on Friday and started leaking more oil, as bad weather hampered the clean-up operation.

More than 100 workers were sent to contain the oil slick contaminating about a 2km stretch of coast at Shihmen in New Taipei City.

Environmental officials said on Saturday that the operation was dangerous as the ship could capsize at any time, state-run Central News Agency reported.

According to Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration, about 240 tons of fuel oil and 30 tons of lubricating oil remain on the ship.

As the site it near a fishing port and a nuclear power plant, environmental experts have warned that potential damage to the ecosystem could last for two to three years, local media reported.

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