[Brief] A smaller domestic freighter reported to the Japanese Coast Guard that its cargo had shifted, causing the vessel to lose stability and list on its starboard side in heavy weather as it sailed off the east coast of Japan. main island of Japan, Honshu.
The vessel was 560 dwt Meisen Maru registered in Japan with a crew of five. Operated by Sumiko Logistics Co., the ship is in domestic service and transports non-ferrous metal products and raw materials, including steel, coal and chemicals.
The crew called the Japanese Coast Guard for assistance at 3:30 a.m. local time on May 14. They reported that they were trying to reach the lifeboat but two crew members, one in their 60s and the other in their 60s, were injured. The Coast Guard eventually airlifted the ship’s crew to daylight while it was about 8 miles off the coast south of Tokyo.
The airlift was complicated by the fact that the ship was drifting in rough seas. He ultimately failed. However, the Coast Guard said the crew was safely evacuated at 10:00 a.m.
The Coast Guard reports that there was no oil leak, but the vessel remains aground. A salvage team was beginning to work to remove the ship.