Oil tanker explodes and sinks off Japan, captain missing
An explosion on the oil tanker SHOKO MARU occurred off the Japanese coast near Himeji port on 29th of May. The explosion caused a huge fire and left the captain missing. Seven crew members were rescued, four of them are seriously injured.
As reported earlier, the explosion was triggered by sparks from a grinder, which was used by one of the crew members to remove paint.
According to the coast guard, at the time of accident the tanker was not loaded and this reduced danger to environment. Other ships were not in danger as the exploded tanker was located outside of the port facility. Fire was extinguished by firefighting vessels, but after explosion the SHOKO MARU submerged and was listing heavily to one side.
The coast guard is still investigating all circumstances and causes of the accident.