outbrain
Close  

Explosion on tanker off Japan coast – coastguard

/ 11:05 AM May 29, 2014
Japan Tanker Explosion

In this photo released by Japan’s 5th Regional Coast Guard, clouds of black smoke billow from Shoko Maru, a 998-ton Japanese oil tanker, after it exploded off the southwest coast near Himeji port, western Japan, Thursday, May 29, 2014. One of the eight people aboard is missing and the other seven were injured, according to the coast guard. AP/Japan’s 5th Regional Coast Guard

TOKYO – Japan’s coastguard was rushing Thursday to deal with an explosion and subsequent fire aboard a tanker off the country’s coast, officials and the prime minister said.

“We had information that there was an explosion on the tanker Shoko-maru,” a spokesman at the local coast guard office said, adding it was near Himeji Port in the west.

ADVERTISEMENT

Coastguards have arrived at the location, which is around 450 kilometers (280 miles) west of Tokyo, but were “yet to confirm the safety of the eight crew members on board,” he said.

Speaking in parliament, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe interrupted a debate to announce: “In waters off Hyogo (prefecture), a tanker has exploded and is currently in flames.”

FEATURED STORIES

The Kobe Shimbun, a local newspaper, said the vessel was around two kilometers south of the port, which sits in a busy shipping area.

The paper added that the 998-ton ship was not believed to have been fully laden.

Black smoke was seen billowing from the ship, up to a height of 100 meters (300 feet) the paper said, citing a coastguard official.

RELATED STORIES:

S. Korea oil tanker explosion kills three

6 hurt by explosion and fire on cargo ship in Bacolod

ADVERTISEMENT
Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Japan, Maritime accident, tanker, world
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.