The Philippine master of the NYK-chartered ACX Crystal, which struck the starboard side of the US Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald earlier this month, has claimed that the warship did not respond to warning signals or take evasive action. The captain, Ronald Advincula, filed his report to Japanese shipowner Dainichi Investment Corporation, which newswire Reuters was able to view.
The collision in Japanese waters resulted in the deaths of seven American navy personnel and badly damaged the warship.
Advincula reported that his ship had signalled with flashing lights after the Fitzgerald “suddenly” steamed on to a course to cross its path.
The boxship steered hard to starboard to avoid the warship, but hit the Fitzgerald 10 minutes later at 1:30 am.
Multiple investigations are underway, by authorities in Japan, the US and the Philippines.