Green Island Ferry Breaks Down with 267 Passengers Adrift|綠島天王星客輪故障 267旅客海上虛驚
In the afternoon of Aug. 21, the Uranus Ferry which provides transportation service linking Taitung to Green Island had lost its power mid way to Taitung, leaving 267 passengers stranded in the middle of the sea. The Uranus had a malfunction just last month on July 27th. Therefore, the Maritime and Port Bureau has decided to suspend the ferry service for inspection and repairs. With a typhoon approaching Taiwan, other ferry services that run between Taitung to Green Island as well as Orchid Island will be shut down for two days starting the afternoon of Aug. 23.
At 4pm on August 21st, the Police Coast Guard's boat made an emergency departure from the Nanliao Fishing Port in Green Island. About 2 nautical miles away from the port was a passenger ferry, the Uranus, that had lost power on its way back to Taitung, leaving 267 passengers afloat on the water. The Coast Guard Police was dispatched to protect the ferry. Around 5pm, the Uranus came back to the Nanliao Fishing Port in Green Island safely with the help of two other passenger ferries. The tourists went aboard another ferry to get back to Taitung. The Uranus had a malfunction just last month on July 27th in Green Isand and now it had lost power on the sea. The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) under the MOTC demanded the Uranus to suspend its services and undergo an inspection. The ferry can only resume its services once it obtains a proof of inspection completion.
The ferry company said the oil pressure pipe was broken and had the inspection company came in for repair. This time, we had requested for a complete inspection from the original ferry factory.
With the Uranus ferry services on suspension, the other passenger ferries will take over the services from the Green Island and back on August 22nd. Tourists are hoping similar accidents will not happen again.
I'm a little bit worried, but luckily it's not the same boat.
It should be ok, as long as I can get back.
Regularly, there are 4 passenger ferries that provide services linking Taitung and Green Island. Now with the Uranus being on suspension and a typhoon affecting the island starting from tomorrow, August 23rd, the ferry services will be suspended for two days. An evacuation of the tourists will be reinforced in the morning. The East Maritime Affairs Center of MPB expressed that after coordination, the other 3 passenger ferries will add extra services, carrying up to 1,200 passengers in order to evacuate the tourists on the island before the typhoon hits.
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