The Japanese Coast Guard said the chartered cargo ship ran aground near Hachinohe Port in northern Japan and then split in half to leak oil, with no reports of crew injuries and an oil leak under investigation. rice field.
According to NYK, a major Japanese shipping company, a 39,910-ton ship called “Crimson Polaris” registered in Panama anchored at the port on August 11 and was swept away by strong winds when landing. Was done.NS Press release..
Initially, the Crimson Polaris crew managed to release the ship, but windy weather conditions prevented them from navigating large ships, about 2.4 miles (4 km) away from the port. I anchored at the same place again.
The ship at the end of the voyage from Thailand split into two at 4:15 am on August 12, the Coast Guard updated. statementAdd that the oil spilled into the sea.
According to people familiar with the matter, the crew of the 21-member ship was evacuated safely and no crew injuries were reported.
“With the help of the Japan Coast Guard, it was confirmed that all the crew members were evacuated from the ship and the crew members were safe,” the company said.
The ship operator confirmed that “a part of the wood chip cargo was lost from the damaged part of the hull,” and added that NYK is investigating the amount of lost cargo and its impact on the sea. rice field.
Later that day, an oil slick 3.2 miles (5.1 km) long and about 0.6 miles (1 km) wide was visible, and patrol vessels are currently investigating containment measures.
According to a Coast Guard spokesman, two parts of the ship are not moving and are closely monitored by patrol boats. Until the afternoon of August 12 (local time), there was no significant change in the situation.
“Nippon Yusen has organized a crisis management center led by NYK President Hitoshi Nagasawa to respond quickly to this situation,” the company said. “Personnel will be dispatched to the site to provide the shipowners and ship management companies with the support they need.”
The cargo ship is owned by Mi-Das Line SA and is currently chartered by NYK Line.
Reuters contributed to this report.
from NTD News