Sunken containers pose no risk to Taiwan coastline: officials

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/04/06
By: Tai Ya-chen, Sunrise Huang and S.C. Chang

Taipei, April 6 (CNA) Three containers, including one that contains toxic 201604060029t0001products, remain submerged off northern Taiwan on a ship that ran aground there March 10 but they pose no immediate risk to the environment, officials said Wednesday.

The toxic container, which holds detergents, is still intact and the contents are well packaged so there is no danger of a leak or pollution at this time, the officials said,

Eight other toxic containers that were on the the T.S. Taipei when it ran aground off Shimen, New Taipei on March 10 were safely removed on April 1, the officials said.

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications said that on April 15 it will announce the winner of a bid to remove the remaining three containers and demolish the sunken ship, which has since broken up.

As of April 5, a total of 3,836 people had been mobilized to remove 26,840 kilograms of debris and clean up 30,499 liters of spilled oil from the wreck, according to the Environmental Protection Administration.     [FULL  STORY]

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