The 76 meter long, 1578 dwt freighter Haoda 6 caught fire between the islands of Honshu and Kyushu, Japan. The fire started in the cargo hold spewing out dense smoke. The Haoda 6 contacted the Japan Coast Guard for assistance. One of their vessels responded to the scene along with a local fire boat. Both vessels sprayed water until the fire was brought under control. No reports of injuries to the 10 crew on board. The Haoda 6 was taken under tow to Kitakyushu. The freighter was en route to Ningbo from Chiba with 980 tons of scrap metal.
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