General cargo ship fire, abandoned

General cargo ship HO CHUANG 996 reported fire in engine room and requested evacuation at around 0000 Taipei time Mar 3, 32 nm NW of Taipei, northwest Taiwan, Taiwan Strait. 12 crew went into life raft and were picked up by Taiwan Coast Guard ship in challenging weather conditions, all are safe. Fire in engine room was extinguished by either SAR ship or tug, HO CHUANG 996 understood to remain adrift, status and condition as of 2020 Taipei time Mar 3 are unknown.

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