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'Captain Phillips' hints at high-quality Taiwanese fishing boats

2014/05/26 22:57:18

Taipei, May 26 (CNA) Last year's Hollywood movie "Captain Phillips" has indicated in its clips that Taiwanese fishing vessels are "well-equipped" and "capable of reaching everywhere," an official said Monday.

Presidential Office adviser Sean Chen said at a local seminar on the financial services industry that the well-written clips of western movies usually reflect contemporary society, including the development of Taiwan's industry.

The 2013 movie "Captain Phillips," for example, mentioned that Somali pirates used Taiwanese drag boats as their mother ships, which Chen attributed to the fact that Taiwan-made fishing boats are well-equipped and capable of reaching anywhere in the world.

"It marks the phenomenon of Taiwan's economic development," the official said.

Chen cited data from the Council of Agriculture as saying that the catches of Taiwan-flagged fishing boats are ranked among the top 20 in the world, while those of Taiwan-invested fishing vessels are even listed among the global top 10.

The movie is derived from the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in 200 years.

(By Wu Ching-chun and Jeffrey Wu)