Hokuei 18 capsized after collision with Yong Sheng VII, Okinawa
At around 1445 LT Nov 16 Japanese freighter Hokuei 18 collided with Chinese general cargo vessel Yong Sheng VII off Okinawa port in Nagagusuku Bay, Okinawa. Hokuei 18 capsized and sank in shallow waters, resting on the bottom starboard side with portside above the water. 5 crew on board were rescued. Oil leak reported, vessel is surrounded by booms, as can be seen on a photo. It is understood, that the Yong Sheng VII suffered slight, if any, damages. As of 0500 UTC Nov 17 vessel was moored in Okinawa port.
General cargo vessel Hokuei 18 reportedly is engaged in local fishery activities, collecting sediments.