Japanese Bulker Crimson Polaris Breaks Into Two Off Japan

Wood chip carrier Crimson Polaris has split into two, at the Hachinohe Port in Aomori Prefecture, Japan, causing oil spill. The ship had earlier ran aground. The crew of the vessel were successfully rescued by the Japanese Coast Guard, and no injury or death were reported.

Japanese Bulker Crimson Polaris Breaks Into Two Off Japan
Image Via: Japanese Coast Guard

The 49,500 DWT ship was operated by the NYK Line. The incident occurred at around 04:15 Hours local time, today, and the extent of the oil spill is currently being investigated by the authorities, after a 5.1 km long and 1 km wide visible slick was reported.

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The Panama-flagged vessel was reported to be inbound from Thailand, on 11th August, and was carrying approximately 44,000 Tons of wood chips. The vessel was washed ashore by strong winds, owing to a steering problem, before breaking apart.

There were twenty-one crew members onboard the vessel, eight of them being Chinese seafarers, while the other thirteen were Filipinos, when the vessel grounded, sustaining a major structural damage.

The broken hull of the Doun Kisen-owned ship is about four kilometers off the shore, and is being carried by the Japanese Coast Guard.

Distress calls from the vessels were received at around 7:50 a.m. local time, by the Japanese Coast Guard, after which, the crew were airlifted, and ferried to the shore.

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Personnel from NYK has also been sent to the site, and the company said, “necessary support will be provided to the shipowner and ship management company.”

Images Released By The Japanese Coast Guard:

Japanese Bulker Crimson Polaris Breaks Into Two Off Japan
Japanese Bulker Crimson Polaris Breaks Into Two Off Japan
The Crew Being Rescued

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