On August 23, a severe storm struck off the southwestern tip of Taiwan. Heavy winds and strong winds battered the shoreline near the port of Kaohsiung. Several vessels which had been sitting in ballast were quickly blown ashore.
The 113 meter long, 6835 dwt container ship Jin Hua was blown aground north of Kaohsiung near Tainan City.
The 89 meter long, 2000 dwt container ship Unlimited 2 ran aground between Kaohsiung and Tainan City.
The 107 meter long, 6555 dwt tanker Dragonaria went ashore along the southern breakwater of Kaohsiung.
The 83 meter long, 4063 dwt cargo vessel Shun Hong ashore off Kaohsiung.
The 98 meter long, 5000 dwt cargo vessel Chang Long 68 was blown ashore.
The 98 meter long cargo vessel An Li 669 went aground off Kaohsiung.
The 126 meter long, 8085 dwt cargo vessel Shun Yue 19 reported ashore near Kaohsiung.
Reports state some 66 crew were rescued safely off five of the stranded vessels. No reports of injuries. Reports state a fishing vessel also went ashore and broke up, but all the crew were safely rescued by authorities. Authorities and salvage companies responded after the storm and began removal of fuel off the stranded vessels. Some 85 tons of fuel was estimated to be on board the multiple vessels at the time of the incident.
On October 3, the Taiwan Navy had 2 destroyers sustain damage in separate incidents. In the port of Kaohsiung, the 171 meter long Kee Lung-class destroyer Tso Ying was struck by the 152 meter long, 19999 dwt tanker Everrich 3. The Everrich 3 was making a turn to head out of port when it sideswiped the stern of the Tso Ying which was at its berth. The tanker sustained significant bow damage while the destroyer suffered a large dent and hull breach at the stern. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The Everrich 3 was ordered back port for inspection.
Off Suao harbor, the 171 meter long destroyer Keelung collided with the fishing vessel Chin Fu En. Both vessels were heading into port when the Keelung attempted to pass the slower fishing vessel. During the attempt to overtake the Chin Fu En, the destroyer struck the stern of the fishing vessel. The Chin Fu En sustained damage to port aft section while the Keelung was undamaged. There were no injuries on either vessel.
On August 14, the 229 meter long bulk carrier Clia ran aground off Xingda, Taiwan. The Clia was proceeding with 80,000 tons of coal to Kaohsiung when it grounded in shallow water. Reports state the vessel had grounded on a sandy shoal and there was no signs of hull damage. A tugboat was dispatched to the scene to aid in refloating the bulk carrier. The tug’s initial attempt to refloat the Clia had failed. Another attempt will be done in a few days with high tide. Authorities have patrol vessels monitoring the situation. No reports of injuries or pollution released.