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Arrested Timor-Leste-flagged Chinese fishing ship has Philippine, etc flags too! Crew of Bunker Tanker Arrested Following Collision with Fishing Vessel

Indonesia seizes Chinese fishing ship, arrests 21 crew members
December 5, 2017

The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry has seized Fu Yuan Yu 831, a Chinese fishing ship, and arrested its 21 crew members, who were allegedly found fishing illegally over Indonesia's eastern waters.

On board the ship were six flags of different countries suspected to have been used by the crew to deceive patrol officers.

“When we seized the ship, the crew erected the Timor-Leste flag, but when the officers checked the ships, there were five other flags,” said Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti during a press conference in Jakarta on Monday as reported by

The other flags found on board were those of China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore.

The 21 crew members comprised nine Chinese, six Indonesians, three Myanmarese and three Vietnamese, said Susi, adding that it was suspected that the ship operated over Indonesian waters since August.

Local authorities also seized 35 tons of fish, including tiger sharks, a protected species, she added. “We have taken the ship to Kupang Port [in East Nusa Tenggara] for further investigation,” she said.

Previously, Timor-Leste maritime officials arrested 15 different Fu Yuan Yu ships.

The governments of Indonesia and Timor-Leste are coordinating to jointly investigate the incident. (bbn)

Crew of Bunker Tanker Arrested Following Collision with Fishing Vessel
Dec 5 2017

The captain and another crew member of a bunker tanker are in custody after the vessel collided with a fishing vessel off Incheon, killing 13 and leaving two others missing, South Korean media reports.

Seonchang-1, a recreational fishing vessel was carrying two crew members and 20 anglers when it collided with the bunker tanker Myeongjin-15 near Yeongheung Island at about 6 a.m. on Sunday.

Seven passengers were rescued after the Seonchang-1 overturned during the incident, 13 have been confirmed dead, and two other individuals are missing.

Upon questioning, the captain of the tanker is reported to have told the coast guard that he saw the fishing boat, but assumed it would steer clear of the larger vessel.

Issuing charges of professional negligence resulting in death, the Incheon Maritime Police has since arrested the tanker captain and another crew member who was absent from the steering room at the time of the collision, despite being on duty.

The coast guard is currently investigating the exact cause of the collision, including whether the captain of the tanker was speeding at the time of the incident.

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