Mystery ship with only six crew abandoned in Cape Town

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Mystery ship with only six crew abandoned in Cape Town

No owner comes forward after local authorities impound Taiwanese trawler due to safety concerns

Senior reporter

An abandoned foreign fishing crew who spent Christmas under Ebola quarantine in Cape Town harbour are now marooned in a legal wrangle over their vessel, whose owner cannot be found.

The 462-ton Yong Qing Fa no 666 limped into Table Bay on November 30 with virtually no food, water or fuel and only six crew aboard a vessel that normally accommodates about 30.

Upon inspection, the vessel was found to be noncompliant with local maritime regulations and has since been detained...

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