Undeterred by hijacking, ship’s crew fishes again


TAIPEI–A Taiwanese vessel is once again fishing in the Indian Ocean after its crew overpowered a group of Somali pirates that hijacked the boat on Nov. 4, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday.

With only three of its crew sustaining minor injuries, the shipping company decided to have the 260-ton Kaohsiung-registered fishing boat resume operations in waters a few hundred kilometers away from where it was hijacked, MOFA spokesman James Chang said.

The ministry reminded Taiwanese fishing boats, however, to stay away from waters where hijackings have taken place to prevent such events from happening again.

On Nov. 4, the Chin Yi Wen, with 28 crew members aboard — none of whom were Taiwanese — lost contact with its owner while operating in waters southeast of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.

A hijacking was suspected as the ship was sailing at full speed in the direction of Somalia.

MOFA immediately passed news of the possible hijacking to various international anti-piracy bodies, including the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations and the International Maritime Bureau, asking for assistance and support.