Product tanker breaking up on rocks off Japan

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.


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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