Chinese cargo ship sinking after collision with Japanese tanker, Japan VIDEO

Chemical tanker RYOSHIN MARU collided with Chinese general cargo ship XIN HAI 99 at around 0200 Tokyo time Aug 20 some 2 nm off Kushimoto, Wakayama Prefecture, southeast Honshu. Ships were sailing in opposite directions, tanker bow struck cargo ship in starboard superstructure area, hull was breached, engine room flooded, XIN HAI 99 developed aft tilt and starboard list. XIN HAI 99 either managed under own power, or was towed/escorted, into a bay off Shinomisaki, probably intentionally grounded to avoid sinking. Fuel leak reported, CG is responding, to curb the leak.
XIN HAI 99 was sailing with cargo of steel Kawasaki to Wakamatsu, tanker was ballasting from Kobe to Kashima. Tanker was anchored off Wakayama coast, for inspection and investigation, her bow sustained serious damages.
Chemical tanker RYOSHIN MARU, IMO 9893785, dwt 1323, built 2020, flag Japan, manager RINEI KK.
General cargo ship XIN HAI 99, IMO 8679364, dwt 5415, built 2008, flag Belize, manager WEIHAI XINHAI SHIPPING CO LTD, China.



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