On October 2, the 70 meter long cargo vessel Ying Hai capsized and sank in the Taiwan Strait south of the Penghu Islands, Taiwan. The Ying Hai was en route to Busan, South Korea from Kaohsiung when a cargo of containers. During the voyage in heavy seas several containers shifted on the Ying Hai. Several containers fell overboard and the cargo vessel developed a list. The crew alerted authorities and abandoned ship. Helicopters and search and rescue vessels were dispatched to the scene. Rescue boats attempted to take the Ying Hai under tow, but rough conditions made it impossible. All 9 crew were evacuated by helicopters off the Ying Hai as the list continued to increase. No reports of injuries.
The next day the Ying Hai continued to list until it rolled over on its side. The cargo vessel quickly flooded and sank.
On February 6, the 30 meter long fishing vessel Min Long Yu 66822 sank in the Strait of Formosa near Penghu Islands, Taiwan. The Min Long Yu 66822 alerted authorities the vessel was in distress in moderate seas with waves reaching 4 meters. The fishing vessel had suffered uncontrolled water ingress. As the fishing vessel flooded, it developed a severe list to starboard.
Chinese authorities dispatched two helicopters while Taiwanese officials launched rescue boats to aid in the search and rescue operation. One helicopter arrived on scene first and hosted all 11 crew off the Min Long Yu. One crewman sustained minor injuries during the rescue.
The 232 meter long, 43093 dwt freighter Taroko collided with the 997 ton freighter Te Hsing off Penghu Islands, Taiwan. The Te Hsing was heading to Kinmen Island from Kaohsiung when it was struck by the Taroko during the night. Of the 13 men on board the Te Hsing, two men were killed with another crewman and the master reported missing. The condition of the Te Hsing was not reported. No one on the Taroko was injured in the collision. The Taroko was headed for Taichung, Taiwan from Hong Kong. The cause of the collision is under investigation.