Gary Dixon | Tradewinds | 2010.11.04
A Dubai-owned bulker has been intercepted by Taiwanese authorities after a 102-mile chase following an alleged collision involving a fishing boat.
The Coastal Patrol Directorate General said it caught the 76,000-dwt Star of Nippon (built 2004) off the Penghu Islands on Wednesday.
A frigate and three petrol boats pursued the vessel and found fresh marks on the hull that could have been caused by a collision with another boat.
This evidence was enough to persuade the captain to admit the charge of hit-and-run, officers said.
The vessel is listed as owned by Safeer Maritime and managed by Emirates Trading Agency.
The owner has agreed to compensate the victim for all damages, the directorate said.
Chen Lai-fa, the skipper of the 3-gt fishing boat Hsing Lai Fa, had reported the accident earlier Wednesday after being rescued by another fishing boat from the water 12.2 nautical miles southwest of Siaoliouciou
He suffered cuts and scratches on his arms and forehead after falling overboard when his boat flipped over after being hit.