The Japanese-flagged 11,454-ton Byakko cargo ship and the 2,696-ton Marshall Islands chemical tanker Ulsan Pioneer collided last night off the coast of Ehime province.
After the accident at 23.55 local time in the Seto Inland Sea, the 170-meter ship Byakko sank at around 02.45 in the morning.
According to the Imabari Coast Guard, 9 of the 12 crew members on board were rescued. The search for the three missing persons continues. There were no injuries in Ulsan Pioneer, where 13 crew members were present. Byakko’s operator in Kobe, Prince Kaiun, announced that the cargo ship carrying auto parts left the port of Kobe at around 16.30 yesterday to go to Fukuoka.
In the news of Kyodo agency, it was reported that the chemical tanker departed from China on Tuesday to reach the port of Osaka at around 14:00 today.
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