The master of Chinese-flagged tanker has been sentenced to five years in jail
for a collision that left 15 dead, writes Sandra Tsui.
The No.2 Intermediate People's Court of Shanghai
has upheld a five-year sentence for Wang Yongguo, master of Jin Yuan
You 9 for his role in a collision in January, in the estuary of the Yangtze River,
which caused 15 deaths and one missing.
Capt Wang of the 1951-built vessel, owned by China Ocean Aviation Group,
was accused of negligence and misjudgment
by the court in the final trial of the case.
The tanker, with 6,543 tonnes of diesel oil on board,
was on its way from northern China's Dalian to Shanghai
when it collided with the 1974-built, 4,480 dwt bulk carrier Jin Tai Shun,
which was carrying 4,953 tonnes of nickel.
The master was accused of failing to detect the vessel Jin Tai Shun
until it was just 200 m away
while directing his crew to weigh anchor and sail into the harbour.
The court also said he made a series of mistakes
when he tried to avoid the collision.
The bulk vessel sank immediately.
The only person onboard Jin Tai Shun who escaped is the chef.
No casualty was reported on the tanker.
The master later surrendered to the police
and was sentenced to five years in jail in his first trial in April.
The ruling was upheld at the trial
after Capt Wang appealed for a reduction of sentence.