NYK Line boxship slams into side of US destroyer, seven sailors missing

Seven US sailors are missing after the a US Navy destroyer collided with a 2,900 teu box ship around 56 nm off Yokosuka, Japan.

The guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald suffered severe damage when the 2008-built container ship ACX Crystal plowed into it early on Friday morning.

The US Navy vessel is still operating under her own power, and continues to search for the missing sailors alongside the Japanese Coast Guard.

“Right now we are focused on two things: the safety of the ship and the well-being of the Sailors,” said Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. “We thank our Japanese partners for their assistance.”

ACX Crystal is owned by Japan’s Dainichi-Invest Corporation and chartered to compatriot NYK Line. It had a crew of 20 onboard, with no injuries were reported.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.


  1. That’s a biased headline if ever I’ve seen one. What about, Destroyer failed to give way?

    1. absolutely…? unless ACX Crystal has started the avoiding (Rule 17, part ii) manoeuvre not in ample time. From the practice there is no one hundred percent guilty, it comes from the COLREG. in the collision both will hold some part of responsibility.

  2. the destroyer suffered damages on her starboard side and seems to be the give way vessel, unless the container was an overtaking ship which is also possible, since as i saw in some pictures in another article she suffered damages on her port bow.

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