Posted on June 27, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Japanese General Cargo Ship, JEIKEI 3 collided with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (MSDF) Minesweeping vessel, NOTOJIMA during the early morning hours of June the 27th as it was transiting through the Seto Inland Sea, Japan.
The incident occurred at approximately 01:00 am in the morning near Hiroshima Prefecture, less than nautical mile away from Konejima Island, Onomichi.
The bow of the cargo ship struck the Notojima on its starboard stern.
Thankfully, there’s no reports of pollution following the collision. The 41 crew members aboard the minesweeping vessel, and the five crew members of the cargo ship are all in good health, according to the MSDF.
However, the Notojima has suffered extensive damage on its hull, and has lost navigational control.
It is currently being towed by the MSDF to a shipyard on Innoshima Island, Hiroshima where it can undergo the necessary repairs.
The JEIKEI 3 suffered some damage on its bulbous bow but it managed to continue its journey shortly after the collision.
It has since then moved to its original destination of Fukuyama.
The cause of the accident is currently under investigation and not much is known to that end at this time.
According to the Japanese Coast Guard, the weather might have been partially cloudy at the time of the accident, but visibility was clear and the waters were calm.