The 499 ton cargo vessel Takamaru ran aground just offshore of Tomakomai City, Hokkaido, Japan. The Takamaru was en route to Tomakomai from Aomori when it was blown ashore by a severe gale. The crew requested assistance which was received by the coast guard. The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to the scene and hosted all four crew off the Takamaru to safety. No reports of injuries.
Reports state the vessel had sustained damage, but conditions had prevented any inspection. No pollution was reported around the vessel.
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 190 meter long, 6277 dwt ro-ro passenger ship Sun Flower Daisetsu caught fire off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan. The Sun Flower Daisetsu was en route to Tomakomai from Tokyo with 71 passengers and 23 crew. Reports states a fire started from one of the 160 trucks on the cargo deck. The fire quickly grew and got out of control and the crew quested assistance. Authorities dispatched 15 patrol boats along with 5 helicopters to the scene. The crew mustered all the passengers on board to the lifeboat stations where they gathered on deck wearing life jackets. When authorities arrived, all 71 passengers and 22 crew were evacuated off the ferry. One crew member was reported missing.