LPG tanker and tug with barge grounded by storm, Japan

Pusher tug MATSUSHO MARU with barge MATSUSHO at 0230 Tokyo time Mar 1 was pushed aground on Kichi Prefecture coast in Wakayama area, Shikoku Island, by a strong storm which battered southwestern Honshu and Shikoku. Barge is loaded with general cargo.
At around 0700 Tokyo time Mar 1 LPG tanker QEM STAR was pushed aground at Takasago port entrance, Honshu, Inner Japan sea. Tanker is in ballast.
Pusher tug MATSUSHO MARU 7 crew were airlifted to safety by CG helicopter, while 16 Filipino crew of tanker remained on board, there’s no danger of tanker’s sinking.

Pusher tug MATSUSHO MARU, IMO 8889593, dwt 370, built 1995, flag Japan.

IMRRA, FleetMon’s official Vessel Risk Rating Partner, risk assessed QEM STAR as having a ‘green’ risk rating, with a specific risk rating of 34% (24-JUL-17), compared to the fleet average 34.8%. New risk assessment reports can be purchased via FleetMon.
Red: Poorest performing; Amber: Average value; Green: Good indicator.

Pusher tug MATSUSHO MARU with barge MATSUSHO

LPG tanker QEM STAR

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