Posted on March 11, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Saudi-Arabian Oil tanker, NCC Sama collided with the berthed Taiwanese Navy Knox-class frigate, Ning Yang during the early morning hours of March 9th.
The incident occurred at Keelung Port, Taiwan, at approximately 01:30 am local time.
The NCC Sama was manoeuvring in harbour when it collided with the Ning Yang’s portside.
The frigate sustained a series of hull dents across its fore portside area.
No information has come in on the tanker damages, but we do know there’s no report of an injury or an oil spill.
The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defence has gone on record saying they will be seeking compensation from the tanker’s owners in accordance with international maritime law.
It’s not yet clear what was the cause of the collision and no explanation has been given.
The merchant vessel is to be detained following the completion of its cargo operation, pending an accident investigation by the local authorities.
The Ning Yang originally served in the US Navy from 1971 to 1992 as the USS Aylwin before it was decommissioned and sold to Taiwan.