The second officer onboard the Russian car carrier Iman was found dead on Sunday while the ship was docked at Japan’s Toyama Shinko port.
According to local Japanese reports, the officer was found dead in his ship cabin with blood on his head. Local police have received a report from the ship’s agent regarding the incident and launched investigations into the case.
The 20 crewmembers onboard the ship, all Russian nationals, are being interviewed by police.
The 1,000 ceu Iman, built in 1985, is operated by Vladivostok-based Inderton, a unit of Russian company Acrex Corporation. The vessel transports secondhand cars from Japan to Russia on a regular basis.