Cement Tanker Runs over Fishing Vessel
Five fishermen are dead and another four are missing after the Asia Cement 2 ran over a fishing vessel, Shih Hui 31, off the coast of Taoyuan City, Taiwan. The incident occurred around 1:48 am local time on September 18 as the cement tanker was in transit from Hualian to Taichung.
The collision caused the fishing vessel to capsize while the cement carrier sustained no damage during the incident.
Rescue teams were dispatched after the collision and divers recovered the bodies of five fishermen the next day. The fishing vessel’s 66-year-old captain, Chi Wan-te, was among the recovered bodies.
U-Ming Marine, Asia Cement 2’s operator, the Keelung City Government and China Marine Surveyors have agreed to tow the Shi Hui 31 to the port of Tapei.