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No major damage to destroyer after typhoon accident: military

No major damage to destroyer after typhoon accident: military

Taipei, Aug. 8 (CNA) A Kidd-class destroyer that was banged into by an oil tanker while docked in Taichung on Saturday as Typhoon Soudelor was pounding Taiwan and broke loose from its moorings did not suffer major damage, the military said. All military personnel on the destroyer "Ma Kong" were safe and there was no evidence of major damage to the ship, the Ministry of National Defense said. The mooring lines used to tie the Ma Kong to the dock were snapped at about 5:35 a.m. after a nearby oil tanker whose lines broke repeatedly pushed against the destroyer due to the typhoon's powerful winds, the ministry said in a statement. Servicemen on the U.S.-made destroyer took immediate response measures when the accident occurred, starting the engine to keep the ship in a fixed location and waiting for assistance from port personnel, the ministry added. The destroyer returned to be docked at Taichung port again at around 9 a.m., it said. The accident caused damage to the right side of the destroyer and to parts of its hull, according an online report in the Chinese-language United Evening News Saturday. The Ma Kong was one of six ships docked at the port of Taichung whose mooring lines failed due to powerful winds from Typhoon Soudelor, the Apple Daily reported Saturday, adding that the ships other than the destroyer were all commercial ships. The destroyer was docked there as a precaution against the oncoming typhoon. Soudelor made landfall in the early hours of Saturday and exited into the Taiwan Strait before noon, bringing destructive winds and dumping heavy rain on Taiwan as it swept through the island. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-19 09:55 GMT+08:00