Aug 1 Update: Taiwanese Coast Guard said that after an extensive search, PP-10053 established contact with the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ship. The PLAN ship’s commander said that his ship had been damaged in the collision as well and needed to return to Xiamen Port for repairs, according to the report.
The PLAN ship refused to stop and submit to inspection and ceased communications with the Taiwanese patrol boat. Due to the darkness at the late-night hour, the Chinese ship’s number was not clearly visible.
Jul 31: Taiwanese general cargo ship YU TAI NO.1, connecting Kaohsiung with Kinmen island, Taiwan, was engaged in collision at around 2100 LT Jul 31 south of Kinmen, shortly after leaving Kinmen bound for Kaohsiung. Master reported collision or contact with unidentified Navy or Patrol ship, allegedly Chinese Navy. Navy ship didn’t stop and sailed away, YU TAI NO.1 returned to Kinmen, understood she sustained slight damages. China Maritime or Navy authorities, so far, didn’t report any accident, or request detention/investigation.
General cargo ship YU TAI NO.1, MMSI 416000117, length 67 meters, flag Taiwan.