I just read the news on Latitude 38 about the Princess Tai Ping (a 54 ft junk) being rammed and cut in half by the frighter Champion Express of the coast of Taiwan
on april 29th.
What really bothered me is that the captain
of the Tai Ping had been in communication with the freighter minutes before the collision
, and that "The Champion Express
reportedly stopped momentarily, but did not return nor render any assistance — not even a radio
call — before resuming their course".
After 5 HOURS at sea, the 11 person crew was rescued (by Taiwanese authorities), suffering from mild hypothermia.
Had that been done on land, the freighter would have been stopped by the police for a hit and run, the vessel would have been impounded and the captain
would have lost
and been slapped with criminal charges.
How come that is not the case in the ocean?
How can we make that imposing criminal penalties, jail time, and seizing of freighters and sale
I am worried about tales of freighters arriving to port with masts lodged on their bow (not even realizing they killed somebody, or lying about it), or reports of deaths of fishermen attributed to having been rammed by freigthers. (specially since I could be one of them).