A containership which was owned by defunct Hong Sheng Gai Tai Shipping, Gang Tai Tai Zhou, has started leaking oil after being stranded near Kinmen of Taiwan.
The vessel was blown off anchorage near Xiamen by a storm and has yet to be towed back.
According to the environmental protection department, the vessel is carrying 25 tons of diesel and 2 tons of lubricant. The local government has deployed a team to clean up the oil spill, and the clean up process will take around 7 days.
Taiwanese authorities tried to contact the owner to tow the ship back, however, Hong Sheng Gang Tai Shipping closed operations after the whole management of the company went missing in 2015 leaving behind huge unpaid debts.