It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
North Korean authorities had warned officials throughout the country about the possibility of typhoon damage and had called on them to take “proactive measures” to prepare for the storm, according to the source.
Understanding that Sinpo Shipyard and other facilities on the coast could sustain damage from the storm, North Korean authorities even ordered local officials to move all the facility’s boats to “safe areas,” to dock boats with sufficient space between them (to prevent collisions caused by high winds), and for the shipyard’s cranes to be dismantled.
Sinpo Shipyard officials took some measures to prepare for the storm, but the measures were “not proactive enough” to prevent damage to the facility’s cranes and ships, the source said.
“Sinpo Shipyard officials thought it unlikely that massive structures like cranes would be damaged by the winds and took a passive approach by not taking them down,” the source said. “The midsections of two cranes completely snapped and were hurled [to the ground], and other cranes didn’t escape getting damaged, either.”
According to the source, around 10 small to mid-sized boats anchored temporarily at the shipyard’s wharf were seriously damaged while colliding with each other during the storm. The typhoon’s winds also stripped off the roofs of several buildings at the facility.