Taipei, March 19 (CNA) The Republic of China (Taiwan) Navy confirmed Sunday that one of its fast-attack ships accidentally collided with a recreational boat near northeastern Taiwan Saturday evening. No one was injured.
The military vessel was reported to be a Kuang Hua VI-class missile ship, which struck the bow of a recreational boat that carried four crew members and 16 passengers at around 7:30 p.m. near the coast of Bitou Cape.
The recreational boat, whose vessel name was known as "Bei Yang (北洋) ," was badly damaged in the accident, while the Kuang Hua sustained only minor blemishes near the side of its stern.
Fortunately, no injuries were reported, the Navy said, adding that an investigation into the accident has been launched.
Meanwhile, Bei Yang captain Lin Chung-chun (林重君) claimed Sunday morning that the Navy should be blamed for the incident, as it had tried to cut him off on the port side.
"The Kuang Hua should have passed by our stern," he said, pointing out that the Navy ship should have been able to see his navigation lights on the port side of the boat to avoid collision.
According to Lin, the radar scanner on his vessel was working perfectly well.
Tsai Chin-cheng (蔡金城), a maritime expert, said backlogs of the marine traffic can be retrieved from the ships' Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (ARPA), Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS), or Automatic Identification System (AIS) to determine what really happened at the time of the incident.
Commenting on who should be held responsible for the incident, the Navy Headquarters said an investigation has been launched by the Coast Guard Administration and a third party.
(By Wang Chao-yu and Ko Lin)