The discovery of an unmanned yacht in the East China Sea

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 The discovery of an unmanned yacht in the East China Sea


Newest! The owner of the unmanned yacht found in the East China Sea has found it! Its worth tens of millions of dollars. What should we do in the end? (Source:)

City Express Wechat News, December 18 night, Haitong (Zhoushan) Satellite Communications Co., Ltd. Chairman Xia Linduo sent a message to reporters: Zhoushan fishermen found a luxury yacht at sea.

Reporters immediately contacted the fishing boat. At 8 a.m. on the 19th, they received information and pictures sent by Wu Qiming, chief mate of the fishing boat. He said that he was busy dealing with fish catches in the evening and could not look at his mobile phone.

Through him, the reporter contacted Wang Weiping, the eldest ship owner, and told him about the experience of picking up the yacht.

Its been 20 days since we started from Zhoushan Fishing Port.

At 3 a.m. on December 8, we began trawling at 127 degrees and 15 degrees east longitude and 30 degrees and 40 degrees north latitude in the East China Sea.

Zhejiang Daiyu 03158 is a drift gill net fishing boat. We found that after the fishing season, the fishing net was lowered from west to East in this position.

It was dark, and only the bright moon in the sky and the lights on the fishing boat illuminated the nearby sea.

Suddenly, a crew member shouted, Boss, theres a boat!

Its a strange yacht. Theres no light on it. It drifts like a ghost.

When the ship was found, the distance between the two ships was relatively close. The crew were afraid of danger and shouted at the unlighted ship with their horns.

After that, we waited for each others response quietly, but after a long time, there was no response, only the sound of the sea.

At that time, I was very nervous, really nervous. Wu Qiming, part-time chief officer of the ship, said he was worried that the other sides vessel would continue to approach and that there would be a collision between the two ships.

I sent Wu Qiming to join the two boats and jumped on the boat.

When he got on board, he called to the cabin by flashlight, hoping that someone in the boat would respond. If someone in the boat is in an accident, we can provide some necessary rescue for the people on the boat.

However, no one was found in the boat. This is an empty ship.

The yacht is about 10 meters wide and 30-40 meters long. It has a three-storey structure with an engine room at the bottom. The interior of the boat seems to be being renovated, and some places have not yet been renovated, but it can be seen that this is a very luxurious yacht.

The mysterious yacht has three floors, and its interior is luxurious.

Four Mitsubishi units with 1300 horsepower are available in the cockpit, which is similar to the cockpit of an aircraft. Chief Officer Wu Qiming walked around the boat with lights. No one was found, but he found a business card with the words Daya High Speed Maritime Transport. Most of the words on the card were written in Korean, but there were two pictures showing the route information of Busan-Fukuoka and Busan-to-Horse.

Business cards picked up by Zhoushan crew on a mysterious yacht.

We guess the ship is from Korea.

The ships cables were all broken and there were some signs of collision on the hull.

In the face of such a ship, how to deal with it has become a thorny problem. Ive been fishing at sea for 30 years, and its the first time Ive ever encountered such a thing.

We consulted and decided to use fishing boats to pull back the unmanned yacht. I called my relatives in Qushan Island, Daishan County, Zhoushan City, and told the maritime department about it.

The crew tied the rope and tried to tow the boat back.

The yacht was tied with a rope, which could have traveled 11 nautical miles per hour. Zhedai Fishery 03158 could only run to less than 4 nautical miles per hour.

Zhoushan fishermen towed the unmanned yacht back.

In order to bring the yacht back to the harbor as soon as possible, we decided to abandon the next fishing plan.

Zhejiang Maritime Search and Rescue Center: The yacht was towed by South Korea to Malaysia and lost//

On the morning of December 18, Zhejiang Maritime Search and Rescue Center received a report from Zhoushan Maritime Search and Rescue Center: Zhejiang Daiyu 03158 vessel found a yacht about 30 meters long about 500 kilometers east of Zhoushan, and no people were found on board.

Zhejiang Maritime Search and Rescue Center verified through multiple channels that the yacht was a second-hand small high-speed passenger ship purchased by a Malaysian shipping company from Korea. On the way from Korea to Malaysia, the tugboat was towed by Korea because of the main engine failure of the tugboat and the breakage of the towline after the storm. The small passenger ship was lost.

Next, the relevant departments will properly handle the matter in accordance with the relevant provisions.

The new luxury yacht found is worth tens of millions of dollars

Yesterday, the crews phone was blown up because they picked up the luxury yacht.

Ive introduced it more than 20 times, and Ive lost my voice. Chief mate Wu Qiming said that they were towing the yacht back yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately, the sea was getting more and more windy and the boat was having difficulty in moving.

We hope to have a professional ship to help us tow the yacht back to the harbour. According to their current speed, it will take at least three days to return to Zhoushan, he said.

Reporters inquired about information and asked several boat bosses, the yacht found, when new purchase at least 120 million, now even scrap ships, but also valuable.

But pulling back 500 kilometers from the sea is also a big expense.

Wang Weiping said that there is also the loss of giving up fishing, and it is heartbreaking to think about it.

They had planned to fish in the East China Sea for two months, but now they are back in less than a month.

Zhoushan fishermen towed the unmanned yacht back.

Previously, fishermen in Zhoushan also found yachts and handed them over to the state for a reward of 100,000 yuan.

Yesterday, the owner of a boat named Qian from Qushan, Daishan, was fishing in the East China Sea. When he saw our news, he laughed and said, What good things have happened to us?

Just a few days ago, a fishing boat in Qushan caught 255 Jin of tuna. For fishermen, this is a very rare harvest. Zhejiang has nearly 400 deep-water purse seine boats like me. I have been fishing for more than 30 years. I have never heard of anyone who has caught more than 50 kilograms of tuna!

The owner of the boat looked at the area where he found the luxury yacht and was familiar with it. Weve been working in this area for two months, and its only a few days since we left there! He looked envious.

He said that more than 10 years ago, it was said that Changtu fishermen in Daishan had also found a yacht at sea, which was handed over to the state and received a reward of 100,000 yuan.

At that time, the old mans judgment about how the ship appeared at sea was almost right. He said that it might have been windy days when the yacht cable broke and drifted out. There are abandoned vehicles on land and at sea. Some ships have been moored near the wharf after they have been abandoned. For several years, even the owner has forgotten this. The yacht floated out as soon as the wind blew and the cable broke.

Similar things have happened in Zhoushan before.

In 2011, a 50,000-ton powerless ship in Zhoushan disappeared on the night of typhoon because of the quality of fixed anchor chains. Fortunately, the next morning, the ship was found stranded on the shoal of Xiushan Island, more than 10 kilometers from anchorage to grounding.

A person in charge of Zhoushan Marine Fisheries Bureau said, Last year, Zhoushan fishermen found a sailing boat on the high seas, which was also empty. However, it was found that the boat was only an ocean squid fishing boat. It was too far from Zhoushan to take a long time to tow it back. After reporting to the relevant departments, the fishermen gave up and watched it continue to drift.

How on earth will the yacht be handled so that it can be returned to its owner and a reasonable return is offered?

At noon on the 19th, the reporter learned from the maritime department that they had learned about the matter, but the sea area where the ship was found belonged to the high seas.

Usually, after the unmanned vessel is towed back, the maritime and public security departments jointly intervene in the investigation. Staff said that because the ship was a foreign ship, it would be more complicated than the domestic ship disposal procedures.

The Daishan County Government of Zhoushan City is also studying how to dispose of the towed foreign unmanned ship after receiving the information. Like foreigners entering the customs, foreign ships must be inspected by the inspection and quarantine department before they land.

Around 11 noon on the 19th, Chief Officer Wu Qiming sent a message to reporters that Zhoushan government departments had contacted the Korean side on this matter.

Han Gaoyuan, a lawyer at Zhejiang Yitner Law Firm, said that when fishermen find an unmanned vessel at sea, they first need to make sure that the vessel does not belong to the ownerless. Ships, like vehicles, are registered, and it is easy to find the owner based on the registration information. He said that after finding the owner, the vessel should be returned, but after returning the vessel, the fishermen who found the vessel can claim this part of the fee from the vessels main owner according to the cost in the process of storage and search, and at the same time can offer reasonable returns. Of course, if the vessel is determined to be ownerless, it should be handed over to the state according to the regulations, but fishermen can receive appropriate subsidies. Source: Responsible Editor of Urban Express: Qiao Jing_N6607

Han Gaoyuan, a lawyer at Zhejiang Yitner Law Firm, said that when fishermen find an unmanned vessel at sea, they first need to make sure that the vessel does not belong to the ownerless.

Ships, like vehicles, are registered, and it is easy to find the owner based on the registration information. He said that after finding the owner, the vessel should be returned, but after returning the vessel, the fishermen who found the vessel can claim this part of the fee from the vessels main owner according to the cost in the process of storage and search, and at the same time can offer reasonable returns.

Of course, if the vessel is determined to be ownerless, it should be handed over to the state according to the regulations, but fishermen can receive appropriate subsidies.