2 Japanese Vessels Collide Near Keihin Port


Two Japanese product tanker vessels have collided near the Keihin Port, Japan on Sunday August 7, 2016 with one spilling its diesel fuel oil cargo into the bay, according to reports. 

The Keihin Maru 8 remains afloat but flooded off the coast of Kawasaki after its crash with the Eastern Phoenix, and clean-up operations have begun.

No causalities have been reported, and the Eastern Phoenix has sustained minimal damage.

The Yokohama Coast Guard attended the incident, and an investigation will begin into the cause of the incident.

Earlier this year not far from this incident, a containership off the coast of Taipei, Taiwan ripped in half and also spilt its oil cargo into the ocean.

There was also an incident in Shanghai in July, 2016 during which Shanghai’s main water resource was closed due to contamination from a vessel collision.

This also coincides with breaking news that a Vietnamese cargo ship sunk after colliding with a Chinese vessel. Two people are currently missing.

The issues highlight the importance of safe navigation while at sea in order to ensure that vessels do not collide and cause serious damages to the ship and crew.

Read a Technical Paper on safe ship navigation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore

(Source: NHK / YouTube)

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