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Norwegian car carrier collides with Korean submarine

FILE PHOTO: South Korea has 18 submarines in its naval fleet

PortandTerminal.com, July 17, 2020

For many, this latest incident – thankfully minor, will remind them of the Ehime Maru and USS Greeneville collision in 2001

BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA – Maritime Bulletin is reporting that a car carrier, the HOEGH LONDON has collided with a Korean Navy submarine southeast of Gadeokdo island near Busan.

Reports from Korean media say that the incident occurred on July 15th at 0500 UTC as the car carrier was leaving the Port of Masan en route to China.

Car carrier docked. Hoegh London
FILE PHOTO: The car carrier Hoegh London

As the submarine surfaced it came in contact with the HOEGH LONDON creating a 2-foot long gash in the vessel’s bow. The submarine, one of 18 in South Korea’s fleet, sustained only minor damages.

The car carrier interrupted her voyage and anchored in Korean waters, for investigation.

U.S. Navy divers swim along Ehime Maru during recovery operations off the Honolulu coast. Ehime Maru sank after a collision with US Navy submarine USS Greeneville (SSN-772).
U.S. Navy divers swim along the Ehime Maru during recovery operations off the Honolulu coast. Ehime Maru sank in 2001 after a collision with US Navy submarine USS Greeneville (SSN-772).

For many, this latest incident – thankfully minor, will remind them of the Ehime Maru and USS Greeneville collision in 2001.

In that incident, the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Greeneville (SSN-772) struck and sank a Japanese fishing training boat, the Ehime Maru, as it surfaced during an emergency ballast blow surfacing maneuver. Nine people on the Ehime Maru were killed including 4 high-school students.

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