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  Israeli boxship collided with Chinese fishing vessel, 9 crew missing

    vendredi 7 janvier 2011

Friday, 07.Jan.2011, 09:34 (GMT+2)

Nine people were considered missing and one fisherman was injured, after the "Zim Shekou" possibly overran an f/v off Busan on Jan 3, 2011.

The "Zim Shekou" was returning to Busan from Qingdao in the night when the ship’s captain reported that they might have hit a boat.

The captain turned the ship in the direction of the possible accident, and tried to contact the boat, to no avail and he did not notice any unusual occurrences.

With day light the authorities noticed an overturned boat in the waters near the South Korean port. Though it is not yet conclusive that the ZIM ship indeed hit the Chinese boat, there is a possibility that it did.

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Zim Shekou

Ofer Maritime’s spokesman said that the ship’s crew are conducting scans in the scene. He said that several fishing boats were spotted in the area but that there was no evidence of irregular activity. At dawn a boat was spotted floating upside down, he said.

ZIM said there were no people in the water or any floating objects. Other boats carried on sailing.

The captain had assumed that the boat has been upside down for some time and carried on sailing to Busan but reported the matter to Korean authorities.

Investigators on behalf of the Busan port found no signs of any vessel hitting the boat. Ofer Maritime stressed that the ship’s crew is fully cooperating with the relevant authorities. "Although it is not certain that the ship hit the boat there is a definite possibility that this indeed happened. We deeply regret the human tragedy."

ZIM Shekou is owned by Ofer Maritime and ZIM Integrated Shipping Services.

Source:SeaNews Turkey

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