The Japan Coast Guard has reported that two merchant container ships collided late Wednesday night in waters off the western island of Shikoku. The local maritime authorities were able to confirm that there were no injuries, and the two ships, one departing from Osaka, the other heading to Aichi Prefecture, were not significantly damaged and able to continue their operations.
A representative for the coast guard in Kobe identified the two vessels as being a Singapore-flagged 50,686-ton container ship with 21 crew members, while the other was a 4594-ton Panama-registered cargo ship with 13 crew members. The authorities did not specify who may be at fault for the collision, which took place at 9:00 PM local time, but said that were still investigating the details of what happened.
The incident comes less than a week after two freighters collided in waters south of Tokyo, tragically resulting in the capsizing of the Japanese ship and the death of its six crew members. At roughly 1:25 AM on Friday, September 27th, the Japanese vessel Eifukumaru No.18 collided with the cargo ship Jia Hui, registered in Sierra Leone. Earlier this week, the Japanese Coast Guard arrested a 35 year old Chinese sailor from the Jia Hui after identifying him as responsible for the collision.
[via Global Times]