The US Navy ship USS Porter and the supertanker Otowasan collided in Persian Gulf after navigation error. The VLCC Otowasan was on route to the Fujairah port, where should be loaded with crude oil. During the passage through the Strait of Hormuz the vessel collided with the US Navy ship and both vessels got serious hull damages, which even caused evacuation of USS Porter. The VLCC Otowasan was empty during the accident, so there is no water pollution and there are no injured people on board. The crew of the navy vessel was evacuated after serious hole in the hull and danger from water ingress. There is no information, which ship was guilty for the accident, as most probably the US Navy ship was maneuvering dangerously close to the supertanker and crossed its road, which made the tanker unable to avoid collision. The cargo ship is moored in the Persian Gulf and still is waiting for the inspection from the port authorities about the ability to operate.
The VLCC Otowasan (IMO: 9294252) has length of 333.00 m, beam of 60.00 m and summer draft of 10.60 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 302,477 DWT and the gross tonnage is 160,292 GRT. The ship was built in 2006 in the Japanese shipyard of Kawasaki Sakaide Works. The vessel Otowasan is operated and owned by the Singapore company Mol Tankshipmanagement Asia.