The 95 meter long, 4034 dwt LPG tanker QEM Star ran aground at the entrance to the port of Takasago, Honshu, Japan. The QEM Star was travelling in ballast in the Japan Inner Sea in rough conditions when it was driven aground. The tanker alerted authorities that it was aground, but was no risk of sinking. The 16 crew remained on board the QEM Star as there were no injuries. Reports state tugs will refloat the QEM Star when conditions improve. No reports of pollution released.
The 76 meter long cargo vessel Fukuyoshi Maru No. 1 allided with the breakwater at Taketoyo, Honshu, Japan. The vessel had made a navigational error with the bow striking the breakwater. The Fukuyoshi Maru No. 1 sustained damage to its bow and the breakwater suffered damage. No reports of injuries.
Authorities were able to pull the Fukuyoshi Maru No. 1 free some five hours later. The vessel proceeded to berth in Taketoyo where it will undergo surveys.
The 107 meter long, 7,0001 dwt cargo vessel City ran aground on the breakwater at Sakata, Honshu, Japan. The City was en route to Funakawa from Akita in rough weather when it approached the port of Sakata. The City was pulled by strong currents and winds causing the vessel to strike the breakwater and run aground. The City sustained hull damage with breaches below the waterline allowing water ingress. The City listed over to starboard and partially sank. Authorities dispatched a helicopter to the scene and was able to hoist all 18 crew to safety. No reports of injuries. Reports state the vessel may be salvaged when conditions improve. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.