Tanker collision causes 14km oil slick off Japanese coast

A collision between two Japanese tankers yesterday morning has led to an slick up to 14km long off the Japanese coast off Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi.

Japanese reports say that Daiichi Tanker owned chemical tanker Sulphur Garland (4,965 dwt, built 1999) collided with Wako Maru No. 2 (3,394 dwt, built 2012), a product tanker owned by Heiwa Kaiun, at around 3:30am yesterday morning. Pictures show the Sulphur Garland having punched a hole in the starboard side of the smaller vessel causing the oil leak.

The Japanese Transportation Safety Board says there were no injuries from the accident, while the Safety Commission has dispatched two ship accident investigators to examine the cause.

Meanwhile the Japanese Coast Guard has placed oil booms around the Wako Maru N0. 2 to contain any further oil spillage.

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.
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