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Chemical tanker grounded off Taiwan after Typhoon Morakot

Chemical tanker grounded off Taiwan after Typhoon Morakot

Mumbai: The 7,645dwt double-hulled chemical tanker W-O Budmo ran aground off Taiwan on August 8 following very heavy weather caused by Typhoon Morakot, reports technical manager OMCI Shipmanagement. The 2006-built, German-owned vessel was in ballast at the time, on her way from Haikou, China to pick up her next cargo in Taiwan.

W-O Budmo grounded on the east side of the bottom tip of Taiwan, with Kaohsiung the nearest main port. The Master and Chief Officer were slightly injured, but have now been released from a local hospital. All 17 crew are safe and being looked after by the Taiwanese authorities.

There is no evidence of pollution at this stage but a full inspection has not been possible because of prevailing weather conditions. The Owners have now awarded a Salvage Contract under Lloyds Open Forum with Scopic  incorporated, to Titan Salvage and authorized Seagreen as the Owner's Designated Responders, should there be any pollution issues once the vessel has been inspected. [11/08/09]

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