Encroaching Chinese cargo ship intercepted off Kinmen
Central News Agency
2014-01-18 07:46 PM
Kinmen, Jan. 18 (CNA) A cargo ship from China was apprehended off the outlying island of Kinmen Friday for encroaching on Taiwan's territorial waters and it faces a fine of more than NT$1 million (US$33,096), Coast Guard Administration officials in Kinmen said Saturday. To prevent Chinese ships from poaching and fishing in Taiwan's waters, the Coast Guard Administration's Kinmen maritime patrol corps and the Coastal Patrol Directorate General vowed on Jan. 6 to step up a crackdown on trespassing Chinese fishing boats and sand dredgers.

They have so far dispelled 27 Chinese fishing boats and confiscated their fishing equipment. Seven of the encroaching boats were fined NT$700,000. The Chinese cargo ship caught Friday was the first one to face a fine of over NT$1 million in accordance with the newly amended Regulations Governing the Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the People of the Mainland China Area, according to the officials. The ship with a gross tonnage of 950 tons carrying seven crew members and 440 tons of coal ash was found trespassing into Jinlie Waterway, which connects the islands of Kinmen and Lieyu.

The ship was taking a shortcut to quickly reach its destination in Quanzhou, Fujian after it departed from Haimen in Guangdong, according to the officials. They said that the ship trespassed into waters off of Taiwan-controlled Kinmen without permits in violation of Taiwan's shipping law and regulations.

Therefore, it could be fined between NT$1 million and NT$10 million. (By Chen Shou-gow and Y.L. Kao)

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