U.S. Navy to pay for hitting tanker

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) The U.S. Navy said Monday it has reached a settlement with Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. over a collision earlier this year involving a nuclear-powered submarine and a commercial tanker.

While not disclosing the exact amount of the cash settlement with the shipping firm, the navy said it has agreed to pay the costs to repair the 299,999-ton Mogamigawa’s damaged hull, as well as compensation for it being unable to operate while undergoing the repairs.

The 6,300-ton submarine USS Newport News of the 5th Fleet collided with the Mogamigawa on Jan. 8 near the Strait of Hormuz. The tanker sustained damage to its hull and took on about 4,000 tons of water but was able to navigate on its own to a port on the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates for inspections.

No injuries, oil or radiation leaks were reported. The navy has since effectively taken the blame for the collision by relieving the sub’s captain, Matthew Weingart, of his command.