Ro-ro sank after collision with tanker, 3 crew including Captain missing, Japan

June 1, 2021 Maritime Safety News

Product tanker ULSAN PIONEER collided with ro-ro ship BYAKKO at around 2355 Tokyo time May 27 in Inner Japan sea northwest of Imabari, Shikoku island. BYAKKO sank some 3 hours later, after reportedly, capsizing – obviously, stability loss after cargo deck flooding. Of 12 crew on board, 9 were rescued, 3 are missing, including Captain, Chief Engineer and Second Engineer. SAR is underway for missing crew as of 1400 Tokyo time Nay 28, tanker ULSAN PIONEER is anchored nearby. BYAKKO was en route from Kobe to Kanda in Fukuoka Prefecture, ULSAN PIONEER is en route from China to Osaka. Tanker suffered heavy damages in starboard side bow area.

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