Saudi tanker smashes into Taiwan Navy frigate

Saudi tanker smashes into Taiwan Navy frigate

March 9, 2019– Mary Greeley News – The Navy will demand compensation after a Saudi-registered tanker smashed into one of its frigates in the harbor of Keelung, reports said Saturday.

The NCC Sama was entering port at 1:30 a.m. Saturday when it hit the Ning Yang frigate FF-938 in the middle of its port side, the Central News Agency reported.

Frigate sustained hull dent or dents in fore portside area (other sources mention hull or upper deck breach), no information on tanker damages, but there was no leak.

Tanker is to be detained after completing cargo operation, Navy Command said they’re going to get compensation from tanker owner. No explanation given yet on cause or causes of collision.
Nobody was injured in the accident, but the Ministry of National Defense said it would seek compensation for the damage to its ship “according to the law.”

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The Sama was scheduled to unload 3,100 tons of ethylene glycol in Keelung, CNA reported. Neither ship showed any leaks following the collision.

The Ning Yang served as the Knox-class frigate Aylwin in the U.S. Navy from 1971 to 1992 before it was sold to Taiwan. The frigates, now known as the Chi Yang-class, patrol along Taiwan’s eastern coast with submarines as their major concern. The Ning Yang’s most recent round of maintenance dates from October 2017, according to media reports.

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