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DryShips crewmember sentenced to jail in China in landmark case

In a landmark case in China, Ningbo Maritime Court has sentenced a crewmember on a DryShips bulker to prison for a fatal ship collision accident which happened last year.

The DryShips bulker Catalina collided with the Chinese fishing vessel Lu Rong Yu 58398  while en route from Lianyungang to Kaohsiung in May last year. The fishing vessel sank after the collision and the Catalina continued sailing to its destination.

The accident led to the death of 19 people onboard the trawler.

Allan Mendoza Tablate, the second mate of Catalina, was at the helm of the vessel when the incident happened. The court believed that Tablate’s negligence led to the collision and sentenced him to jail for three and a half years as a lighter punishment given the Filipino’s voluntary confession and proactive compensation to the families of the victims.

It is the first criminal case ever handled by a Chinese maritime court.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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