The 69 meter long, 1552 dwt freighter Chun Xing caught fire in the Sea of Japan near Kobe, Japan. The Chun Xing had departed Kobe bound for China with 948 tons of scrap when a fire broke out in the cargo hold. The crew requested assistance with the Japanese Coast Guard responding. Several patrol boats arrived on scene and assisted the crew in controlling the blaze. The vessel returned to port where it took several more hours to extinguish the fire. No reports of injuries to the nine crew on board. No further details reported.