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.
The 40 meter long high speed catamaran ferry KAI Shiuan No. 3 ran aground in the Taiwan Straits off Taiwan. The ferry was en route from Penghu Island to Dongshi, Chiayi, Taiwan with 346 passengers when it suffered engine failure. The catamaran went adrift until it ran aground some 8 miles off Taiwan. The vessel sustained hull damage and suffered water ingress. The crew sent out a distress call with the Taiwan Coast Guard responding.
The Coast Guard dispatched four rescue boats to the scene assisted by another passenger ship. Rescuers evacuated all 346 passengers off the KAI Shiuan No. 3. No reports of injuries. Reports state the passengers were calm and there was no panic on board, but several passengers stated they were nervous. No further details reported on the status of the KAI Shiuan No. 3.
The 241 meter long, 44,585 dwt container ship Gang Tai Tai Zhou ran ashore on the southern end of Kinmen Island, Taiwan. The Gang Tai Tai Zhou had been at anchor attempting to ride out typhoon Meranti, but the strong winds and heavy seas caused the anchor to drag. Unable to stop the drifting, the boxship was blown hard aground onto the rocks off Kinmen Island. The Gang Tai Tai Zhou sustained severe hull damage with multiple breaches below the waterline including several fuel tanks. No reports of injuries. Authorities placed boom around the container ship, but some heavy fuel oil had already washed ashore.