TS Lines boxship collides with fishing trawler

Marcliff vessel location. Credit: IHS Markit AISLive

A container ship operated by Taiwanese intra-Asia carrier TS Lines apparently collided with a fishing vessel this morning.

The fishing vessel, Hsin Yi Fu 36, capsized off Changhua County, Taiwan, and all its six crew members fell into the sea. All were rescued but one crew member suffered brain bleeding and is in critical condition.

The container ship, 2007-built Marcliff, a 1,049 teu vessel, is one of the ships chartered by TS Lines, with technical management handled by its German head owner, MarConsult Schiffahrt. None of the crew on Marcliff were hurt from the collision and the container ship sustained only superficial damage to its hull.

The Taiwan Coast Guard said that it was alerted to the accident at 08:45 am local time by another fishing vessel that was near the scene.

IHS Markit’s AISLive shows that Marcliff was sailing from Taichung to Kaohsiung when the accident happened.

The crew members from the fishing trawler were rescued by coastguard personnel and taken to nearby Taichung Port, where an ambulance took them to Tungs’ Taichung Metro Harbor Hospital.

The crew comprised two Taiwanese and four Indonesians. The 60-year-old Taiwanese sustained brain bleeding while the other Taiwanese, a 39-year-old, complained of backache and had scratches on limbs. The Indonesians were reported to have minor injuries.

It is the second accident involving Marcliff this year. On 21 March Marcliff was leaving Yokohama for Nagoya when it collided with another container ship, APL Guam, which sustained damage to its bow.

MarConsult Schiffahrt has been contacted by Safety at Sea for comment.

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