On November 12, the 75 meter long, 2346 dwt cargo vessel Hong Yan caught fire while berthed at Kawasaki, Japan. The vessel was loaded with 600 tons of scrap metal when a fire broke out in the cargo hold. All 10 crew on board safely evacuated. No reports of injuries. Local firefighters and fire boats were called to the scene. Reports state it took over 30 hours to extinguish the blaze.