HIGH AIM 6
The Taiwanese fishing ship Haian liuhao or High Aim 6 was found adrift in Australian waters in mid-January, full of fuel and provisions but lacking its Indonesian crew.
After being towed to Broome and beached for forensic examination, authorities in three countries slowly began to unravel a tale of mutiny and murder.
After Taiwanese authorities determined that the chief engineer’s cellphone was still in use after the discovery of the abandoned ship, Indonesian police tracked the signals to North Sulawesi, where a manhunt tracked down a single crewmember who confessed to the murder of the captain and engineer… but refused to say why.
The crewmember wouldn’t or couldn’t say what happened to his fellow mutineers. Australian investigators could find no trace of foul play or accident aboard the ship, and no more information was forthcoming from the Indonesian crewman (whose name was apparently never released).
Eventually, the High Aim 6 was broken up for scrap, and the mysterious deaths of two men and disappearance of eight others was accepted as part of doing business in the often murky waters of Oceania.