Dockwise struggles in loading damaged American warship

The incredibly unfortunate USS Fitzgerald has suffered more damage. The American destroyer, involved in a deadly collision with a Japanese boxship in June, has been had two more punctures in its hull, after Dockwise struggled to get the ship loaded onto its heavylifter, Transshelf, on Sunday.

“Fitzgerald returned to repair two punctures in her hull caused by the heavy lift vessel’s steel support structure during on load at anchorage,” the US Navy 7th Fleet said in a statement.

“Repairs are expected to extend the on load process by a few days, after which Transshelf will transport Fitzgerald to Huntington Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula, Mississippi, for further repairs and upgrades,” the statement continued.

A video of the ship being loaded onto the heavylifter over the weekend is carried below.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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