Japan

Five dead onboard cargo ship due to Typhoon Hagibis

The Chinese Embassy confirmed to Xinhua that five Chinese crewmembers died, three are missing and four have been rescued from the Panama-registered vessel that sank in Tokyo Bay, Saturday October 12. The vessel was discovered undersea on October 13. 

Japan’s petrol vessel rescues N. Korean fishermen after collision

A Japanese Fisheries Agency patrol ship collided with a North Korean fishing vessel on the morning of Monday, October 7, which led to the sinking of the fishing vessel. A search for survivors has been established and as announced by the agency that all of the sixty individuals that were on board at the time have been safely rescued.

Japanese minesweeper collides with cargo vessel off Hiroshima

A Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force minesweeper collided with a cargo ship on June 26, in the Seto Inland Sea off Hiroshima Prefecture. As the Japan Coast Guard informs, no injuries were reported due to the incident. The minesweeper lost navigational control, and as a result its rear right end and the front left side of the cargo ship came into contact.

Watch: Japanese warship collides with dock in Brisbane

The Japanese warship ‘JS Kunisaki’ collided into Brisbane’s Portside Wharf while trying to dock, Tuesday, 17 June. There were no injuries of crew onboard or spectators but the vessel was left visibly damaged. The causes of the incident are yet to be determined.

Two dead after ships collision off Japan

Two crewmembers are confirmed dead and two more crew members are unaccounted for, after two Japanese cargo ships collided off the coast of Chiba Prefecture, east Japan, in the early morning hours of Sunday. All four crew members aboard the Sumiho Maru, based in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, were safe.

One dead, three missing after ships collision off Japan

One crewman is confirmed dead and three more crew members are unaccounted for, after two Japanese cargo ships collided off the coast of Chiba Prefecture, east Japan, in the early morning hours of Sunday. An oil spill was also confirmed at the scene.

Collisions the most common marine incidents, Japan reports

Japan Transport Safety Board informed that it launched 922 investigations in 2017. The majority of these cases included collisions, while 1,199 vessels were involved in the accidents, most of which were fishing vessels and pleasure boats. Of the 922 investigations launched in 2017, 216 were cases of collision, 182 cases of grounding; 138 cases of fatality/injury; and 104 cases of contact.

Non-compliance with safe working practices leads to fatal fall onboard

JTSB issued an investigation report on a crew member fatal fall onboard the cargo ship ‘Erik’, in September 2018. The investigation stressed that the crew was working in unstable posture on the ladder and that the company was insufficient in monitoring that crew members clearly understood Ladder guidelines. 

Japanese fast ferry said to collide with whale, 80 injured

A Japanese fast ferry is said to have been collided with a whale on March 9, off the coast of Sado Island, Japan, resulting to passengers’ injury. Japan Coast Guard and operator Sado Steam Ship believe that the object was a ‘marine animal,’ possibly a whale. 

The first Japanese battleship wreck from WWII found

Researchers from the organization started by philanthropist Paul Allen found the wreck of the first Japanese battleship sunk by the U.S. Navy during World War II. The 1914-built Hiei was a Japanese battlecruiser, one of the most heavily-armed vessels of its era, having eight 14-inch guns and armour up to nine inches thick. The vessel was crippled by a shell from the USS San Francisco on the 13th which disabled the steering gear. 

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