Container ship Marconnecticut suspected for hit and run in Taiwan Strait

MarconnecticutThe container ship Marconnecticut was suspected for hit and run in Taiwan Strait off Pintang, Fujian province. The vessel was en route from Busan, South Korea to Hong Kong, when her route was crossed by local fishing vessel in Pintang waters. The accident happened on several nautical miles from the shore, but fishing ship remained afloat despite of severe damages in the port board and two injured crew. The container carrier fled away and did not reported about the collision. The local authorities started investigation for the accident and if container carrier Marconnecticut was really engaged in the hit and run situation.

After docking at Hong Kong, the ship was boarded by local police and was inspected. Also some of the duty officers were questioned about circumstances during passing through Taiwan Strait. The investigation is under was, but vessel was released to resume voyage to Chiwan and Xiamen.

Fortunately the damaged fishing boat remained afloat and arrived to Pintang by own power. The vessel was damages seriously with breaches above the waterline, but remained afloat. The two injured fishermen were hospitalized and released for home treatment without serious injuries.

The container carrier Marconnecticut (IMO: 9343675) has overall length of 143.00 m, moulded beam of 23.00 m and maximum draft of 6.80 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 12,774 DWT and the gross tonnage is 9,610 GRT. The container carrier was built in 2007 by Dae Sun Shipbuilding and Engineering in Pusan, South Korea. The owned and operator of the vessel Marconnecticut is German company Marconsult Schiffahrt.