Cargo ship and fishing boat collide off Taiwan’s Taichung port

Taiwan’s Port of Taichung. Credit: Taiwan International Ports Corporation
Taiwan’s Port of Taichung. Credit: Taiwan International Ports Corporation

The captains of a cargo ship and a fishing vessel that were involved in a collision near Taiwan’s Taichung port have refused to admit they were at fault after the 18 November incident.

Ming Rui, a 1990-built Belize-flagged, 693 dwt general-cargo ship, was about to dock at the No 18 berth at about 10:46 h local time when it came into contact with Jian Man Li, a fishing vessel.

Ming Rui, operated by China-based Sinounion Shipping Service, did not sustain noticeable damage, although the fishing vessel was damaged on its port side.

On being notified of the accident, Taiwan International Ports Corporation’s Taichung branch ordered both vessels to remain stationary at the scene.

Personnel from the coast guard and Maritime and Port Bureau were dispatched to the scene.

Statements from the captains of the two vessels were taken by the coastguard officers.

Taiwanese newspaper Liberty Times reported that as neither captain admitted to being at fault, the matter was referred to the Maritime and Port Bureau for investigation.

IHS Markit contacted the maritime bureau and coastguard for details, but both sides declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation.