The Chinese cargo vessel Gan Tai Tai Zhou was grounded by the strongest typhoon to hit China’s mainland since records began in 1949, and its oil cargo has spilled along the coast, according to gCaptain.
The ship was pushed onto the rocks of Kinmen Island, near its mooring in Xaimen, and has suffered hull damage which has caused an oil spill, local authorities are attempting to contain the damage of the leaking cargo, but salvage has not begun.
There are also reports that the ship’s captain has filed for liquidation, and therefore the cost of the salvage may not be able to be provided.
Typhoon Meranti battered the southern part of Taiwan, and its largest and busiest port, Port of Kaohsiung, tearing container ships from their moorings and toppling containers, one ship destroyed three gantry cranes when it came loose.
The eye of the storm was so large, that an entire island in the Philippines which is home to 3,000 people could be seen inside it from space.
A giant storm hit Hong Kong before battering mainland China in early July, 2016, and it took over a month for the city to recover bulking activities.