Very Large Ore Carrier struck Post-Panamax container ship, Taiwan

Very Large Ore Carrier CHINA STEEL INNOVATOR struck the stern of berthed container ship EVER LADEN at 0940 LT (+ 8 UTC) Jun 19, while maneuvering in Kaohsiung Harbor, Taiwan, on arrival from Australia with cargo of ore. Both ships sustained damages, see photos. VLOC dropped both anchors trying to avoid collision, and though she couldn’t stop in time, at least dropped anchor slowed down her speed, mitigating damages. Cause of accident yet unknown. Video
Very Large Ore Carrier CHINA STEEL INNOVATOR, IMO 9479230, dwt 206629, built 2012, flag Taiwan, manager CHINA STEEL EXPRESS CORP.
Container ship EVER LADEN, IMO 9595448, dwt 104409, capacity 8452 TEU, built 2012, flag Panama, manager Evergreen.



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