The newbuilding container ship YM Wind broke moorings at Kaohsiung Port and went adrift, being hit by the super typhoon Meranti. The vessel was unmanned and broke the mooring lines under the strong winds of 230 miles per hour and heavy seas. The vessel wend adrift alongside of the quay and damaged two cranes by her superstructure. The giant container ship YM Wind also suffered serious damages, but remained afloat. The local authorities dispatched three tugs to stop and secure the container ship without colliding with another vessels or ran aground. The vessel was docked again at the port and damages will be assessed after weather improves.
The vessel was secured to the port, but considering from the local reports caused sufficient damages to the container terminal and its cargo handling equipment. There were no injured people and water pollution during the accident.
The container ship YM Wind is under construction for Seaspan and will be chartered by Yang Ming after certification. The vessel has capacity for 14,000 TEU, deadweight of 145,077 DWT and gross tonnage of 153,500 GRT. The giant container vessel has overall length of 368.00 m, moulded beam of 51.00 m and maximum draft of 11.20 m.
Video from drifting vessel from the accident: