Skipper apologizes over collision with Japan boat
CNATAIPEI--A Taiwanese fishing boat skipper apologized Saturday for a fender-bender with a Japanese vessel Sept. 12 in waters more than 150 nautical miles from Taiwan's northeastern coast.
September 15, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
“I'm terribly sorry,” said Hsu Mu-jung of the fishing boat Ming Ching Tsai No. 12, from Donggang in the southern county of Pingtung.
The roughly 30-ton vessel arrived at Nanfangao fishing port in northeastern Taiwan's Yiland County for replenishment earlier in the day. It was reported to have collided with the Japanese fishing boat two days earlier in waters 153 nautical miles from Sandiaojiao in New Taipei.
The collision, which was described as minor, occurred six nautical miles from the Taiwan-Japan provisional enforcement line, on the Taiwanese side, according to the coast guard authorities.
Hsu said the accident happened when an Indonesian crewman on his boat was steering the vessel without paying sufficient attention.
Thankfully, no one was injured, he added.
During negotiations with the assistance of Taiwan's coast guard personnel, Hsu promised to cover the Japanese boat's losses if there are any. He also expressed hope that the matter will not affect Taiwan-Japan friendship.
According to a Japanese media report, the collision occurred in the East China Sea around 69 km northwest of Ikema Island in Okinawa Prefecture.