January 27, 2023

Ship carrying auto elements sinks off Japan coastline

A search is ongoing for a few crew members documented missing from a roll-on/roll-off (ro/ro) vessel that sank off the coast of Japan early Friday morning. 

The MV Byakko sank at about 2:40 a.m. area time after colliding with the chemical tanker Ulsan Pioneer just in advance of midnight in the Seto Inland Sea, Reuters documented. The Byakko reportedly sank about 2.5 miles off the coast of Imabari.

Nine of the Byakko’s 12 crew users have been reported to have been rescued by the Japanese coastline guard and close by ships. 

Kyodo Information claimed that the ship’s captain, 66-yr-old Tamotsu Sato, was between the lacking. Responders also are exploring for two of the Byakko’s engineers, Japanese guys in their 20s. 

The 557-foot-very long Byakko is operated by Kobe, Japan-dependent Prince Kaiun Co. In accordance to Kyodo Information, the Byakko was carrying auto parts and left Kobe at 4:30 p.m. Thursday bound for Kanda, Japan. The Ulsan Pioneer reportedly departed a port in China on Tuesday and was scheduled to get there in Osaka, Japan, on Friday afternoon. 

There was no word on what styles of auto parts the Byakko was carrying. Denso is the biggest automotive components maker in Japan and specializes in electronic devices and powertrain management modules, in accordance to Japan Marketplace News, which lists the other main suppliers in the region as Aisin Seiki, Yazaki, JTEKT and Hitachi Automotive Units.  

Sebastian Blanco, who follows the automotive sector for FreightWaves, mentioned Toyota has a plant in Kanda and Nissan has a single in the area. 

On its internet site, Prince Kaiun lists its main purchasers as Nissan Motor Co., Mitsubishi Logistics, Vantec Corp., Sea Url, Tatsumi Shokai, Zero Co. and Koshin Shoun.

The website suggests the 11,454-ton Byakko was crafted just final calendar year and that it can carry “809 industrial motor vehicles, 113 trailer chassis.” Byakko is the Japanese phrase for white tiger. 

The Ulsan Pioneer, which flies beneath the flag of the Marshall Islands, was designed in 2016. 

A trigger of the collision has not been described. According to FreightWaves meteorologist Nick Austin, there have been no indications of unusual climate at the time of the accident. 

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