Oil tanker damaged after hitting Kaohsiung Harbor breakwater

An oil tanker was forced to return to Kaohsiung Harbor for repairs after hitting an offshore breakwater while attempting to depart, Saturday, June 8.

The Kaohsiung Port office of Taiwan International Ports Corporation said that the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) oil tanker, TONG YUN, departed Kaohsiung Second Harbor at 1:10 pm, but collided with the offshore embankment while exiting the port. The starboard side of the ship sustained serious damage, and the concrete breakwater was also damaged.

damaged hull of oil tanker Tong Yun.
Damaged hull of CNPC oil tanker Tong Yun

A preliminary inspection of the 182-meter-long, 28,000-tonne ship determined that there was no oil leakage, and the crew applied for emergency entry permission before returning to port at 6:00 pm.

To ensure environmental safety, oil booms were deployed around the ship and personnel were dispatched to monitor the ship’s status.

The cause of the accident is currently under investigation by the Transportation Safety Committee of the Port Bureau.

A damage assessment showed no breach of the cargo hull structure.

oil booms deployed around oil tanker Tong Yun
Oil booms deployed around damaged oil tanker.
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