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Destroyer USS Porter suffered a starboard breach in a fore area about 10 feet by 10 feet (three by three meters) in collision with VLCC Otowasan in Strait of Hormuz region at 01:00 LT August 12. The U.S. Navy said the collision was not "combat related." Well, surprise, surprise. Judging from the schedule of VLCC Otowasan, supertanker definitely was in load, full or partial. In other words, VLCC Otowasan was as maneuverable as an elephant in a china shop. USS Porter suffered a starboard hit, so there are little doubts destroyer recklessly crossed supertanker’s course, a Navy (any Navy) bravado, well known to merchant marine.
Destroyer USS Porter collided with Japanese supertanker Otowasan, Persian Gulf
The US Navy said destroyer USS Porter collided with VLCC tanker Otowasan at around 01:00 LT August 12 in Persian Gulf area. The damage to USS Porter is being evaluated and the incident is under investigation, the Navy added. Otowasan was proceeding to the Strait of Hormuz, leaving Das Island Port UAE at around 00:39 UTC August 11. At 03:09 UTC August 12 tanker moored at buoys in Fujairah Road, so presumably collision took place either in Strait of Hormuz or in Gulf of Oman. Tanker leaving Persian Gulf is expected to be loaded with crude oil but apparently escaped serious (or any) damages, or she wouldn’t be allowed to the Fujairah port area. As of August 12 11:30 UTC tanker is moored on buoys in Fujairah, UAE. VLCC tanker Otowasan IMO 9294252, dwt 302477, built 2005, flag Panama, manager MOL SHIPMANAGEMENT PTE LTD – ASIA.