The cargo ship that hit a fishing boat off the Kerala coast was "most
likely" a Hong Kong-registered vessel and it would be asked to berth at a
nearby Indian port in the next few days for further investigation, the Navy
The ship is now in international waters, about 400 nautical miles away from
Kochi, a Navy spokesperson said, a day after the incident which left the
Colachel based boat Arogya Annam totally damaged. Six fishermen on board were,
however, rescued by nearby boats.
"The ship involved has been identified most likely to be Ksl Ang Yang,
registered at Hong Kong, and it is heading southward towards the Sri Lankan
coast," the spokesperson said.
As the ship is now much beyond the range of Dornier aircraft, long-range
surveillance aircraft P8I would be used to divert it to the Indian coast. Since
this involved flying over the Sri Lankan air space, permission of the neighbouring
country had been obtained, the spokesperson added.
Besides, a naval ship from Port Blair was being deployed to move it to the
Sri Lanka coast if the cargo vessel was reluctant to turn back towards Kochi.
If the ship failed to cooperate, it would have to be handled as a "legal
case involving the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)", the spokesperson
The fishing boat was hit by the cargo vessel, about 40 nautical miles from
Kollam, in international waters, yesterday. All the six fishermen, one Keralite
and five from Tamil Nadu, on board the boat were rescued by other boats nearby
and brought to the shore safely. The boat involved in the incident has also
been brought to the Neendakara fishing harbour in Kollam district.
The Coastal police said the incident occurred around noon on August 26. The
coast guard which reported the incident after two hours said the boat which
left Neendakara fishing harbor was rammed by the cargo vessel. The boat
belonged to fishermen of Colachel in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
The coastguard tracked the cargo vessel about 40 nautical miles off the
Vizhinjam port. Coastguard did not order the ship to stop since it was not sure
whether it was the same ship that was involved in ramming the fishing boat. But
its interceptor boat and Dornier aircraft are monitoring the movement of the
The cargo vessel left the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas in Iran on August 20
and was moving towards Singapore Port which the incident took place in the
A naval spokesperson said initially the navy was monitoring the movement of
four ships sailing in the region. Since the incident took place in the
international shipping lane beyond the Indian territorial waters, navy had to
act cautiously in dealing with the cargo vessel. Navy conducted motion
parameter assessment by retracing their direction with respect to time,
direction and speed.