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Oil leaks into sea as freighter splits in two after working aground in northern Japan (PHOTOS)

Oil leaks into sea as freighter splits in two after running aground in northern Japan (PHOTOS)

Japanese authorities have been working to include oil leaking into the ocean after a cargo vessel that ran aground at a port within the north of the nation broke aside early Thursday.

On Wednesday, the Panamanian-flagged freighter Crimson Polaris ran aground on the Port of Hachinohe within the Aomori Prefecture, positioned on the northern tip of Japan’s foremost island, Honshu.

© Reuters / 2nd Regional Coast Guard Headquarters

The crew managed to free the 39,910-ton ship, which was transporting wooden chips from Thailand, however couldn’t get removed from the port because of the harm and climate situations. The captain finally made the choice to drop anchor round 4km (2.four miles) off the coast.

The vessel remained there for hours, whereas a crack which appeared within the hull because of the incident stored rising. Early Thursday, the freighter break up in two, prompting massive quantities of oil to leak into the Sea of Japan.

© Reuters / 2nd Regional Coast Guard Headquarters

The oil slick was round 5.1 km lengthy and 1 km vast, however there have been no indicators it reached the shore, the Coast Guard mentioned. Patrol boats have been working to include the catastrophe, it added.

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All 21 crew members, who have been reportedly Chinese language and Philippines residents, have been safely evacuated from the distressed ship and brought to shore.

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