Cargo vessel runs aground, freighter on fire in Japan


A general cargo vessel ran aground on Monday on the coast of Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan.

Initially, the Panama-flagged M Star 1 was en route to Akita, Japan, from South Korea but the vessel endured a stormy weather and ran aground late Monday night.

The 6,842dwt vessel has 18 crew members, consisting of South Koreans and Burmese. They were subsequently evacuated from the distressed vessel by military helicopters and no injury was reported.

The ship, however, was open to battering by heavy swell, salvage probability unclear.

The 1994-bulit vessel is owned by M Star Shipping Company. The company cannot be reached for comments.

Meanwhile, a Cambodia-flagged, 1336-tonne freighter caught fire in Ozai port, Oita, Japan, also on Monday.

The fire occurred late Monday night, reportedly in cargo holds, loaded with mostly automotive scrap. According to the Japan Coast Guard, the fire on the vessel Yong Ping had been extinguished at 01.20 hours local time.

The freighter has 10 crew members with Chinese nationality and an investigation is conducted to determine the cause of the incident.—IHS MARITIME