Lung Teh wins boat bid
The navy yesterday announced that Lung Teh Shipbuilding Co had won a bid to build prototypes of a 450 tonne fast-attack missile boat, with plans for completion by the end of 2014. Colonel Chu Hsu-ming (朱旭明) said the navy signed the contract with the company on May 4. Lung Teh will start construction in six months and plans to complete the platform and weapons system in 30 months. Because Lung Teh has never built war vessels for the navy, the navy will send officials who were involved in the development of the Kuang Hua VI fast--attack boats to supervise the project, Chu said. The new type of missile boat has a central cross-linked structure with a top speed of 38 knots (70kph). Plans for the indigenous development of the corvette were first made public in 2009 under the Hsun Hai (“Swift Sea”) program.
Ship passengers rescued
More than 150 people were rescued from a stricken Taiwanese passenger ship near China’s coast yesterday after the vessel started taking in water. The Golden Dragon — with 153 people on board, including five crew members — was on its way from Matsu Island to China’s southeastern province of Fujian when it ran into difficulties. Lienchiang County Government in Matsu said in a statement that the leak likely happened when the ship hit a large chunk of wood under water. Meanwhile, a spokesman for Fujian Province’s maritime affairs bureau said that the passengers and crew were rescued late yesterday morning and had been safely taken to land.
Cake shop to get help
The Greater Taichung Government will help keep a well-known local pastry shop open in light of its long history and its status as part of the city’s culture, Taichung Deputy Mayor Hsiao Chia-chi (蕭家旗) said. Hsiao made the remark after local media on Sunday reported that Tai Yang Tang (太陽堂), which makes sun cakes (太陽餅), a famous Taichung delicacy, was shut down on Sunday after its owner said he could not find apprentices to take over his business. The store, which has been open for more than 60 years, is said to be the original bakery where the city’s signature cake was invented. There are about 800 sun cake pastry shops in Greater Taichung. Hsiao said he would ask officials at the city’s Economic Development of Bureau to look into the matter and discuss the possibility of encouraging enterprises to invest in the business.
Fraud suspects arrive
Twelve Taiwanese suspects arrested in Thailand for their alleged involvement in a telephone scam that targeted Chinese were repatriated to Taiwan on Monday night, the Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau said yesterday. Taiwanese and Thai authorities have been cooperating to crack down on cross-border fraud rings, the bureau said, adding that 36 suspects were arrested in this case, including 12 Taiwanese, 22 Chinese and two Thais. The suspects allegedly set up a server in Thailand and defrauded Chinese from January to last month, the bureau said. It is estimated the gang accrued nearly NT$100 million (US$3.39 million) in illegal profits in four months, it added. After overnight questioning, the 12 Taiwanese fraud suspects were taken into custody by prosecutors early yesterday, the bureau said. For the first time, suspects were sent back to Taiwan directly without going to trial in Thailand, the bureau said.