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2019-08-22 | 公共電視

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.

21號下午4點多駐守綠島南寮漁港的海巡警艇緊急出港,因為在距離港嘴2海浬,一艘要開回台東的天王星客輪失去動力,在海上漂流,船上有267名旅客,海巡警艇前往戒護。下午5點多,由兩艘客輪協助拖行,天王星號順利返回綠島南寮漁港,遊客改搭另一艘客輪回台東。但上個月27號天王星也曾在綠島發生故障,如今又在海上發生故障,交通部航港局要求即日起停止天王星航行,等原廠檢修提出完修證明後,才准復航。

航港局東部航務中心主任 陳寶如表示:「他是說油壓管又破掉了,上次已經找檢驗行來檢修,這次的話我們可能請他就是,更明確的找原廠過來,做徹底的檢驗。」

受到天王星客輪故障停航的影響,22號往返綠島的航班,由聯營的其他客輪行駛,不過遊客還是希望不要再發生類似的情況。

遊客 劉先生表示:「稍微會擔心一點,可是還好因為不同船。」

遊客 陳先生表示:「應該還好,反正回得來就好。」

台東往返綠島的海上交通,固定有四艘客輪,現在天王星號被停航,而明天23號下午起又受颱風影響,客輪要停航兩天,23號上午必須加強疏運旅客。航港局東部航務中心表示,經過協調,其他三艘客輪會加開班次,提供1,200多人的運能,可以順利在颱風前疏運離島的遊客。

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