Container debris as Japanese boxship capsizes

Officials at the Japanese port of Tokuyama Shimomatsu Port have spent the past 24 hours fishing containers out of the water after a small feeder boxship capsized at the pier yesterday.

The 200 teu Maya, a coastal feeder ship operated by Imoto Lines, capsized at a pier of Tokuyama Shimomatsu Port, southwest of Hiroshima, during cargo operations resulting in many containers falling into the water. No crew were seriously injured, but some bunker fuel was spotted from around the ship, which came to rest on the sea floor alongside.

Investigations into how the accident happened are ongoing.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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