Norwegian car carrier collided with Korean submarine

On Jul 17 Korean media reported minor collision between car carrier HOEGH LONDON and Korean Navy submarine, which took place at around 0500 UTC Jul 15 southeast of Gadeokdo island, Busan area. Car carrier has just left Masan port, E of Busan, and was under way, en route to China. Submarine reportedly was under way too, surfaced. Car carrier bow suffered 0.5 meter long gash, submarine reportedly, suffered minor damages. Car carrier interrupted her voyage and anchored in Korean waters, for investigation.
Car carrier HOEGH LONDON, IMO 9342205, GT 68871, built 2008, flag Norway, manager HOEGH.



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