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Boxship hits pier in Taiwan’s port with drunk pilot on board

The 6,763 TEU container ship Hyundai Tokyo hit pier 77 of the port of Kaohsiung in Taiwan on Monday (20 March), causing damage to the quayside of the port.

The vessel, which also suffered hull cracks, was sailing fully loaded from the port of Ningbo in China to the island’s largest port.

According to the latest reports, the pilot, who was on board Hyundai Tokyo at the time of the accident, was found to be drunk and was suspended.

After this, all maritime pilots in the country will now face mandatory alcohol breath tests before starting work.

Antonis Karamalegkos
Managing Editor

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