Saudi tanker NCC Sama (IMO 9480150) came into contact with berthed Taiwanese Navy Knox-class frigate Ning Yang early on March 9th as the tanker was arriving at Keelung Port, Taiwan.
The frigate sustained dents to her hull on the fore portside area, with perhaps a hull or upper deck breach. There was no detailed information on any damage to the tanker, although some minor damage was reported. no leak was reported. The tanker was detained after completing her cargo operation,
According to local reports, the ship’s owner agreed to pay compensation to the Taiwanese navy for the damage caused by the incident. 2012-built NCC Sama is owned by Saudi Arabian owner Bahri Chemicals, which operates a total of 31 product tankers. As of Tuesday the tanker was still anchored at Keelung port. The Ning Yang could have sustained damage her electronic systems and electric wires in addition to a dent at port side.
The Ning Yang served as the Knox-class frigate Aylwin in the United States Navy from 1971-1992 before it was decommissioned and sold to Taiwan. The ship now patrols Taiwan’s eastern coast with potential submarine incursions its main focus.
The compensation the Navy will demand will be determined over the next few days after an inspection. The local authorities ordered the tanker not to leave the port of Keelung while the investigation was ongoing.
2012-built, Saudi Arabia-flagged, 29,168 gt NCC Sama is managed by Mideast Shipmanagement of Dubau, UAE.