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Two Japanese general cargo ships collide, one dead and three missing

Two general cargo ships collided off the coast of Chiba, Japan on Sunday, with three crew members still missing after the incident.

The Japanese-flagged ships Sensho Maru and Sumiho Maru, both 499-ton vessels, collided about 12km off Cape Inubosaki in Chiba, and Sensho Maru sank after the collision.

As of Sunday evening, one of the five crews of Sensho Maru were rescued and another one was confirmed dead, while the other three were still missing.

The coast guard have sent five patrol vessels, a helicopter and a special search-and-rescue unit to find the missing men.

Sumiho Maru returned to Kashima port after the incident and all four crew members aboard the ship are safe.

According to the Japanese coast guard, visibility in the area was poor at the time of the accident due to heavy fog.

The 2011-built Sensho Maru, owned by Japanese company Katsumaru Kaiun, was transporting steel product when the accident happened.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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