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APL ship hits Kaohsiung berth

An APL containership hit a berth in Kaohsiung Port when it was leaving the port this morning, leading to damages to the wharf and the ship.

According to Kaohsiung Port, the 2,500 teu vessel APL Jeddah suddenly lost power when it was guided out of the port, and hit the No.58 wharf of the port. Currently Kaohsiung Port has suspended operations at the wharf, which is severely out of shape after the incident.

No casualties were reported from the incident.

When contacted by Splash, an official at Kaohsiung Port said repair works on the berth are already underway in order to resume the operations there as soon as possible.

The vessel suffered damages on its bow and has been towed away from the site for investigation.

“We can confirm that the APL Jeddah made contact with the Kaohsiung Oil Terminal Jetty this morning. No pollution or injury has been reported, and there has been no significant damage to the vessel. APL is currently working with the relevant authorities to investigate the cause of the incident,” a spokesperson for APL told Splash today.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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