chemical tanker Ulsan Pioneer damage

An aerial view shows the bow of Marshall Islands-registered chemical tanker Ulsan Pioneer, damaged after a collision with Japanese cargo ship Byakko off Imabari, Ehime prefecture, Japan May 28, 2021. Kyodo/via REUTERS

Three Missing After RoRo Sinks After Collision With Chemical Tanker

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May 28, 2021

TOKYO, May 28 (Reuters) – Japanese coast guard ships and aircraft were searching on Friday for three missing crew of a cargo ship that capsized and sank after a collision with a Marshall Islands-registered tanker in the Seto Inland Sea, authorities said.

The Byakko sank at about 2:40 a.m. after colliding with the chemical tanker just before midnight in the Kurushima Strait, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told a news conference.

Nine of its 12 crew were rescued by the coast guard and nearby ships, he said, adding that coast guard patrol vessels were scouring the waters for the remaining three.

There were no injuries among the tanker crew, and no leakage or floating objects at the site, he said.

A Japanese coast guard spokesman identified the tanker as the Ulsan Pioneer, registered in the Marshall Islands.

The coast guard had deployed 14 patrol ships and three aircraft in the search, he said. (Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto and Yuka Obayashi; Editing by David Dolan and Clarence Fernandez)

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MV Byakko

Photo of the M/V Byakko, a roll-on/roll-off vehicle carrier, before sinking. By Bridge Valley via Marine Traffic

Last Known Position of the M/V Byakko – Marine Traffic
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