The Panamanian-flagged product tanker Sagan ran aground on Saturday morning in western Japanese waters. The 18-year-old ship appears to be breaking up on the rocks of the Tokara Islands. All crew have been evacuated and there are local reports of some injuries.
The ship was carrying fuel from Taiwan to Japan when the accident happened and a leak is evident from images carried on local media. The Taiwanese-owned ship is stuck on rocks in rough conditions making any salvage very tricky.