The 180 meter long, 38055 dwt bulk carrier Pacific Cypress caught fire while berthed in Hakodate, Hokkaido. The fire started in the vessel’s engine room and quickly grew out of control. The 17 crew safely evacuated the bulk carrier while local fire brigades fought the blaze. After several hours, the fire fighters were able to extinguish the fire. No reports of injuries. Details to the extent of damage caused by the fire was not reported.
The 19 ton tugboat Meiyu No. 18 capsized and sank in the Tsugaru Strait off Hokkaido, Japan. The Meiyu No. 18 was proceeding form Hakodate with a pontoon barge loaded with ship parts when the tug lost stability and rolled over. One crewman on board was lucky enough to find a small breathing space in the cabin. He was spent 15 hours trapped until he was later rescued by the Japanese Coast Guard. Three other crewmen perished with two of their bodies recovered.