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April 28, 2017

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Gonna need a ... bigger boat?
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) takes delivery of the world's largest container ship, MOL Triumph, from Samsung Heavy Industries. MOL Triumph will soon set off on her maiden voyage in April, sailing to five ports in mainland China. Kaohisung Harbor will not be "big ship ready" for the new vessel until next year. The new 20,000 TEU-class containership would beef up The Alliance, a new international shipping alliance comprising major Asian and European companies such as Germany's Hapag-Lloyd, Japan's MOL, South Korea's Hanjin Shipping and Taiwan's Yang Ming Marine Transport.
Chinese poachers caught
A Chinese fishing vessel trespasses Taiwan's territorial waters on Wednesday, March 29. The Coast Guard Administration confiscated 1,200 kilograms of fish on the Chinese fishing vessel which was found traveling on the northeast coast of the Pengjia Islet (彭佳嶼) on Wednesday morning. The vessel departed from China's Zhejiang Province last Friday, and had nine members on board, officials said. The vessel will be fined from between NT$1.2 million to NT$2.4 million for violating the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area.
Home run for Airport MRT
Cheerleaders of the professional baseball team Lamigo Monkeys pose for photographs on an Airport MRT train, Tuesday, March, 28.
Police in Kaohsiung are on the lookout for suspected criminal who clambered down a jet bridge and fled over a barbed wire fence after landing at the city's airport late Monday.
Must be leashed
A pit bull is chained to the window in Gongguan Township, Miaoli County, on Friday, March 28.
Taipei to conduct drills ahead of Universiade
In preparation of the upcoming 29th Summer Universiade (臺北世界大學運動會), several branches of Taipei and the nation's security and medical forces will conduct a public disaster and anti-terrorism response drill on Thursday.
Spring is finally here
The yoshino cherry blossoms (吉野櫻) at the Alishan National Scenic Area (阿里山國家風景區) are in bloom on Monday, March 27.
Hikers who head into the hills without a guide, without insurance or during bad weather could face steep fines of up to NT$ 50,000 under a draft law revealed Monday by the Hualien County Government.
An indigenous graduation
Students from Pingtung County's Mudan Elementary School (牡丹國小), dressed in indigenous clothing, jump during a graduation photoshoot. Local photographer Yang Wen-yi (楊文逸) recently embarked on a journey to provide free photoshoots for indigenous schools located in rural areas. During his journey, Yang took graduation photos and put together graduation albums for students at the schools -- all without accepting a dime.
A child of the ocean
A child looks at a sting ray swimming at the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium (國立海洋生物博物館) in Pingtung County. Any child below the age of 12 who visits the aquarium during spring break between April 1 and 4 will receive a free season pass upgrade to their tickets.
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