The ship is registered in Hong Kong and is currently in international waters.

Cargo ship that hit fishing boat off Kerala coast to reach Port Blair for probeRepresentational image
news Accident Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 08:45

The foreign cargo ship which sailed away after allegedly hitting a fishing boat off Kollam coast has conveyed its willingness to cooperate in the probe by Indian authorities, officials sources said.

The vessel, registered in Hong Kong, has been asked to berth at a nearby Indian port for further investigation. 

It would be reaching Port Blair in about two days to cooperate in the probe. 

Since the issue involves the directorate general of shipping, the probe would be carried out by a team from the DG Shipping at Port-Blair, sources said, reports Manorama Online.

It was on Saturday noon that the ship rammed into a fishing boat, Arogya Annai, that operates from Neendakara Port in Kollam. 

Six fishermen, all hailing from Tamil Nadu, were on board the boat. 

The boat was partially damaged and the fishermen were rescued by workers of another fishing boat, Love Maria, which was in the vicinity.

The accident happened 40 nautical miles off Kollam coast.

The fishermen and the boat were brought to the Neendakara Port on Saturday night with the joint effort of the Coast Guard and coastal police.

The ship is now in international waters, the report says.

Fort Kochi coastal police has registered a case against the cargo vessel after taking the statement of the fishermen. 

The crew of the ship were booked under IPC sections relating to 'rash navigation of vessel causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others’.


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