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Saturday, 18 January 2020
Chinese freighter contacted dock at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, both damaged
General cargo ship TAI GANG contacted CSBC shipbuilding Corporation dock at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, early in the morning Jan 6, while leaving the port. Accident was caused by steering failure. Both dock and ship’s bow were damaged, TAI GANG reportedly sustained underwater hull breaches. The ship was towed to berth, she remained at Kaohsiung until Jan 9. On Jan 9 she left Kaohsiung, bound for Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China. On Jan 12 she reached Quanzhou outer anchorage and was anchored.
Probably because of accident, ship’s AIS was faulty, at least during Jan 9-11, showing 30 knots speed and wrongly positioning the ship. General cargo ship TAI GANG, IMO 9550462, dwt 4631, built 2009, flag China, manager FUJIAN QUANZHOU FENGZE SHPG CO.
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