Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) destroyer Kurama (DDH 144) and South Korean container ship Carina Star collided on October 27. Kurama was on her way back to Sasebo Base, after attending the fleet review.
Information available from the Press Conference by the Defense Minister, Japan:
- Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) destroyer, 5,200-ton Kurama collided with South Korean cargo ship Carina Star which is about 7,400 tons.
- The accident occurred around 7:56 P.M. on October 27 in the Kanmon Strait, almost right below the Kanmon Bridge. As a result of collision, fire broke out in both ships.
- JMSDF destroyer Kurama
- The crewmembers of the Kurama extinguished the fire that broke out in the bow.
- Kurama came alongside a pier at Moji Port around 5:16 A.M. on October 28, and the fire was extinguished completely around 6:30 A.M.
- Four crew members were treated in a hospital; one for a light injury and the other three for inhaling smoke.
- Two more crew members who were involved in extinguishing the fire were treated for dehydration, but their conditions are very stable.
- Investigation by Japan Coast Guard (JCG) is going on.
- South Korean container ship Carina Star
- Fire in Carina Star was extinguished and no injury was reported.
- The cargo ship is reported to have a hole in the area under the anchor.
Here is the photograph of destroyer Kurama (DDH 144) from JMSDF.
Here is the photograph of container vessel Carina Star.
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