The 90 meter long, 3881 dwt tanker Houn Maru allided with a bridge over Osaka Bay near the Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan. The Houn Maru had been at anchor when it was swept by gale force winds from Typhoon Jebi. The tanker’s anchor dragged until the Houn Maru struck the bridge with extreme force. The vessel’s superstructure struck into the road deck crushing its starboard side. The tanker’s hull sustained multiple breaches and water ingress which flooded the engine room.
Authorities were able to safely evacuate all 11 crew on board the Houn Maru. No reports of injuries. Reports state the Houn Maru had no cargo on board and no reports yet of any pollution released.
One section of the 3700 meter long bridge sustained severe damage shifting it several meters off its pier. Authorities have stated the amount of damage to the bridge makes it unsafe for traffic. Authorities state is will be at least several weeks before repairs can be completed.
On July 15, the 600 dwt cargo vessel Yamato Maru No. 8 collided with the 1630 dwt cargo vessel Hosho Maru off Ueshima Island in the Harima-nada Sea, Japan. The Yamato Maru No. 8 was headed to Osaka from Ako with 1300 tons of crushed stone when it was struck by the Hosho Maru. The Yamato Maru No. 8 capsized and sank. One crew was injured and two others perished on the Yamato Maru No. 8 while the five crew of the Hosho Maru were unhurt. The Hosho Maru was able to proceed The cause of the incident is under investigation by the Japan Coast Guard.
The 159 meter long, 17697 dwt container ship Wan Hai 162 collided with two fishing vessels off Japan in Osaka Bay. The two fishing vessels capsized spilling out the four crewmen into the water. Three crew were rescued from the water while one remains missing. The survivors were taken to hospital for treatment where one later perished a short time later. No reports of injuries or damage on the Wan Hai 162. Japanese authorities have launched an investigation into incident.