Ferry damages two navy frigates during typhoon

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 31, 2017
By: Staff writer, with CNA

The navy and the Maritime and Port Bureau are investigating an incident late on Saturday in which two Republic of China Navy frigates docked in Keelung Port were damaged by a passenger ferry as Typhoon Nesat swept over the nation.

The navy said in a news release that a cable securing the stern of the Natchan Rera ferry to the East-3 wharf snapped during strong gusts and at 11:41pm the 10,841 tonne ferry collided with the frigate Lan-Yang (蘭陽), which was docked in front of it.

One minute later the ferry struck the frigate Huai-Yang (淮陽), which was docked parallel to the Lan-Yang.

Sailors aboard the Lan-Yang found a 1m crack on the left side of the ship’s stern that led to the ship taking on water, said Rear Admiral Kuo Chih-kuo (郭治國), commander of Navy Flotilla 131.    [FULL  STORY]

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