Oil spill from sunken ship to not affect environment: agency

Focus Taiwan
Date: 10/25/2020
By: Hou Wen-ting and Joseph Yeh

Photo courtesy of the Coast Guard Administration

Kaohsiung, Oct. 25 (CNA) Oil spillage from a freighter that sunk in waters off the coast of Kaohsiung on Friday are not expected to cause an environmental emergency, Taiwan's Ocean Conservation Administration (OCA) said Sunday.

The Tuvalu-registered Seatran Ferry 12 lost power and sunk in open seas some 28 nautical miles southwest of Kaohsiung. Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration (CGA) later managed to rescue five crewmen, but the five others on the ship were still missing as of Sunday afternoon.

All the crew members are believed to be Thai citizens, according to the CGA.

While the CGA is continuing its search for the missing crew, Deputy OCA Director-General Sung Hsin-chen (宋欣真) said the OCA has been monitoring the oil that leaked from the vessel.

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