General cargo vessel ASAKAZE hard aground, Japan
General cargo vessel ASAKAZE ran aground at 1925 Tokyo time Dec 8 east of Minamichita, in a strait between Minamichita and Himaga island, western coast of Honshu island, some 10 nm off port of destination Kinuura. Vessel loaded with 10000 tons of raw sugar is en route from Bangkok. No leak reported, reportedly vessel is hard aground, salvage to be contracted. At 0430 UTC Dec 9 she was still aground.