Japan: Fire aboard freighter in Wakkanai port leaves 6 Russian crew dead, 3 injured – 170513 1720z

Six bodies found after fire on ship in Japan

“TOKYO Six bodies, suspected to be those of Russian crew members, were found aboard a cargo ship that caught fire on Thursday while anchored in a Japanese port, a coastguard and news reports said.

Fire took hold of the 497-tonne Cambodian-registered freighter, Taigan, which has been in the port of Wakkanai in northern Japan since Tuesday, said an official at the local coastguard office.

A total of 23 Russian and Ukrainian crew members were on the ship, which had transported crabs from a Sakhalin port. Six of them — all Russian — had been unaccounted for, the coastguard said.

“We have found six bodies in the ship and are now identifying them,” the official said, adding that two other crew members were hospitalised for burns but neither was in a life-threatening condition.

Local reports said the six victims were the missing Russian crew members.

The fire was put out by early Thursday afternoon, the official added.” – AFP 160513

NHK WORLD 6 dead in freighter fire at Wakkanai

Six sailors were found dead after a fire on a foreign freighter docked at a port in Hokkaido, northern Japan.
The sailors are presumed to be Russians.

The incident occurred on the Cambodian-registered ship “Taigan” docked at Wakkanai port.

Authorities were alerted of the fire at around 1:45 AM on Thursday. Firefighters and Japan Coast Guard patrol boats were deployed. The emergency personnel took 11 hours to extinguish the fire.

Firefighters said they found 6 male bodies inside the vessel. Police have yet to confirm their identities, but they believe they are the 6 Russian crew members still unaccounted for.

23 Russian and Ukrainian crewmembers were on board the vessel. Three are being treated at a hospital for burns and other injuries.

Japanese Police are questioning the captain of the ship as part of their investigation.

The freighter entered the port on Tuesday carrying a load of Russian crabs.

May 16, 2013 – Updated 07:32 UTC

Six bodies of sailors found in a burned-out ship at the Japanese port of Wakkanai

ruvr.ru May 16, 2013 11:05 Moscow Time

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Six people were killed on Thursday as a result of a fire that broke out on the ship “Taigan” carrying Russian-Ukrainian crew, which had docked at the Japanese port of Wakkanai. The bodies of those dead were found by rescuers, said the local branch of the Japanese Maritime Safety department.

The fire on the ship, which lasted more than 11 hours has been extinguished. After the start of the fire most of the crew, including the captain left the ship. Three sailors were taken to hospital, their lives are reportedly out of danger. Currently, the Japanese authorities, together with the captain of the ship are investigating into cause of the incident.

The ship “Taigan” with a capacity of 497 tons was docked at Wakkanai on the northernmost Japanese island of Hokkaido on May 14th with the flag of Cambodia flying on its deck. The ship was carrying a load of crabs from the port of Korsakov of Sakhalin Oblast in Russia. Initially the ship had a crew of 14 Russians and 4 Ukrainians on board. In Wakkanai they were joined by five more Russians.” – ruvr.ru

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Published on 16 May 2013

Six Russian crew members have died in a fire aboard their freighter which was docked at a northern Japanese port. The Taigan caught fire just after 1 a.m. on Thursday. It took about 12 hours for firefighters to put out the blaze. (May 16)

Antarctica: 97 saved from Chinese factory fishing ship fire – 180413 1615z

“SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) –

A Chinese factory fishing ship caught fire Wednesday just off the coast of Antarctica and 97 crew members were rescued by a nearby Norwegian vessel as Chile’s military mobilized to prevent any environmental damage.

(Photo: komonews.com) In this picture released by Chile’s Air Force, smoke billows from a Chinese factory fishing ship Kai Xin just off the coast of Antarctica, Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

The crew members abandoned the burning Kai Xin and were taken aboard the Juvel about 34 miles (55 kilometers) from Chile’s Bernardo O’Higgins research base near the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula, Chilean officials said.

The ship was not immediately at risk of sinking, and nearby vessels could tow it away from the Antarctic coast if necessary, officials said.

Capt. Juan Marcelo Villegas, maritime governor for Chile’s portion of Antarctica, told The Associated Press that Chile’s navy could send a tugboat from Punta Arenas, near the southern tip of South America, to tow the ship to harbor as long as it remained seaworthy.

Chile’s air force was preparing a second flight for Thursday to check on the vessel’s condition. The Kai Xin left port in Uruguay and Chilean officials did not know how much fuel it was carrying, Villegas said.

“At the moment the weather conditions are pretty favorable. There’s little wind and the ocean conditions are good, so, for the moment, there’s no imminent risk of sinking,” Villegas said.

China’s Panamanian-flagged Skyfrost ship was approaching the area and would be able to take on the rescued sailors, he said.

Chile’s Antarctic base could not handle the rescued crew, Villegas said. He said the chief of China’s Antarctic base had been notified.

China’s Foreign Ministry had no immediate comment, but the official Xinhua News Agency said the Chinese Embassy in Santiago was in close contact with Chilean authorities over the matter.

The environmental group Greenpeace said the crippled Chinese ship is part of an international fleet of about 50 vessels authorized by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources to fish off the Antarctic coast.

“This Chinese fishing ship that’s on fire has permission to fish for krill,” Milko Schvartzman, who campaigns against overfishing for Greenpeace, said in an email.

He said Greenpeace opposed the Antarctic fishing. “They don’t know how the ecosystem might be affected by fishing for krill, which forms part of the foundation for the entire ocean food chain,” Schvartzman wrote.

The commission is meeting in July in Berlin to discuss the possible creation of large Antarctic marine reserves. Schvartzman said Greenpeace is lobbying for approval, saying the reserves would “protect one of the most pristine regions left in the oceans.” ” – komonews.com

10 crew forced to abandon ship due to shipboard fire 700 miles W of Guam in the Pacific Ocean

The Coast Guard, U.S. Navy and Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue partners, coordinated in the rescue of 10 crewmembers forced to abandon ship due to a shipboard fire 700 miles west of Guam Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Guam watchstanders received an initial alert from an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon from the Hsin Man Chun, a 70-foot Taiwanese fishing vessel, at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Watchstanders then received a call from rescue coordination center Taipei, China reporting that a sister ship of the Hsin Man Chun received a radio call indicating the crew was planning to abandon ship.

A Navy P-3 Orion long-range search aircraft from Patrol Squadron 1 stationed at Kadena Air Base, Japan, overflew the vessel and reported

eight crewmembers in a life raft and two more on the bridge of the burning vessel.

The P-3 crew deployed two life rafts to assist the crewmembers that remained behind. They passed the location of the distressed crewmembers to the Semirio, a Marshallese flagged bulk carrier diverted to the area by the Coast Guard.

The Semirio was only 40 miles away from the distressed vessel and was asked to assist. Once on scene, the 950-foot bulk carrier launched a small boat and successfully rescued all 10 crewmembers. The Semirio is one of many foreign flagged vessels operating in the Pacific that voluntarily participate in the AMVER System.

AMVER, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, is a unique, computer-based, and voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. With AMVER, rescue coordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and divert the best-suited ship or ships to respond.”

http://www.cruiseindustrynews.com  21 April 2012