A Panamaflagged wood chip carrier grounded and is reportedly suffering from a cracked hull off the coast of Hachinohe, Japan, located on the northeast coast of Honshu island.
The Japanese Coast Guard received a distress call from the captain of the Crimson Polaris around 7:50 a.m. indicating the vessel was having trouble navigating in heavy weather, according to Japanese media reports. The ship reportedly grounded outside the breakwater Hachinohe Port, was refloated on its own, and has since dropped anchor.
Reporting indicates all 21 crew members have been evacuated by helicopter from the vessel.
AIS data shows an irregular track just off the coast of Hachinohe. At this time the ship is not believed to be in danger of breaking up or sinking.
The Crimson Polaris was built in 2013 and has a deadweight of 49,549 tonnes.
The vessel and conditions can be seen in the report below:
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