One more merchant ship accused in h&r, not surprisingly in India
India found HK-flagged bulk carrier KSL ANYANG guilty in hit&run accident, which took place at around 0700 UTC Aug 26, some 38 nm off Neendakara, Keralda, India, Laccadive sea. Bulk carrier allegedly, struck local fishing boat “Arogaya Annai”, didn’t stop and sail away. 6 fishermen were rescued by nearby fishing boats, Arogaya Annai was reportedly, destroyed by a hit. Indian Fisheries Ministry ordered Coast Guard to intercept and arrest KSL ANYANG, which was passing along Indian coast en route from Bandar Abbas Iran to Singapore, hunt is under way. As of 0500 UTC Aug 27, bulk carrier was off Galle, Sri Lanka, probably not knowing yet, that it became a prey for Indian CG and maybe Navy, too, considering the nationality of the vessel, which is Chinese.
Accidents involving small fishing vessels and boats are regular worldwide, Indian waters including. Coastal States always back their fishermen in such accidents, notwithstanding a glaring difference between tiny boats and giant clumsy merchant ships. In some countries, those accidents, usually, lead to exorbitant “damage cost compensations”, which are anything but justice, they’re in fact, ransoms, both in sum and in ways to extort it. India is one of the leading countries, in this respect.
Navigating in coastal waters of some States is a roulette, arcane sailing through heavily infested with fishing boats areas, with sometimes, no chance at all to avoid contact or hit. Nobody cares.