Ship Runs Aground And Splits Into Two In Japan

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An aerial photo shows Panama-registered cargo ship Crimson Polaris (39,910 tons) which the hull broke off the coast of Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan, on August 12, 2021. At around 4:15 am on the same day, the cargo ship hit a rock and was broken in two, and its oil is leaking. All 21 crew members were rescued. The cargo ship loaded wood chips and was heading from Thailand to Hachinohe Port. ( The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images )

A Panamanian-registered ship ran aground in a northern Japan harbor, then split in two and was leaking oil, but there were no injuries among the 21 crew and the oil leak was being controlled with no signs it had reached shore, the Japan Coast Guard said.

The 39,910-ton vessel, the “Crimson Polaris,” was carrying wood chips when it ran aground on Wednesday morning in Hachinohe harbor.
It managed to free itself, but due to poor weather was unable to move far and ended up anchoring about 4 kilometers (2.4 miles) out from the port.
The vessel, which was at the end of a voyage from Thailand, split in two early on Thursday, the Coast Guard said.
An oil slick 5.1 kilometers long by about 1 kilometer wide was visible later in the day, but containment measures were being taken by patrol boats.
The vessel’s two parts have not moved and are being closely monitored by patrol boats, and by late afternoon there had been no apparent major change in its situation, a Coast Guard spokesman said.

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