A US navy guided-missile destroyer was left with a gaping hole on one side after it collided with an oil tanker early Sunday just outside the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
The collision left a breach about 10 feet by 10 feet (three by three meters) in the starboard side of USS Porter. No one was injured on either vessel, the navy said in a statement.
The collision with the Panamanian-flagged and Japanese-owned bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan happened about 1am local time. Photos released by the navy showed workers standing amid twisted metal and other debris hanging down from the hole.
I’ll leave it to Jay to discuss finer points of the rules of the road, but suffice it to say that if you get hit starboard side forward, there’s a pretty good chance you’re at fault.