In the early hours of the 20th, a tanker and a cargo ship collided off the coast of Kushimoto Town, Wakayama Prefecture.

No crew members were injured on either vessel, but work is underway to clean up the oil spilled from the damaged freighter.

Shortly after 2:00 a.m. on the 20th, 3.5 kilometers south of Kii Oshima in Kushimoto Town, the tanker "Ryoshinmaru" owned by a company in Asakuchi City, Okayama Prefecture collided with the cargo ship "Shinhai 99" registered in Belize. Did.

None of the 6 Japanese crew members on the tanker and 14 Chinese crew members on the cargo ship were injured in the accident.

According to the Kushimoto Coast Guard Station, the cargo ship was damaged and flooded, and oil that was believed to be fuel flowed out.

The Japan Coast Guard is working to remove the oil.

The cargo ship was loaded with steel materials and was heading from Kawasaki City to Kitakyushu City, and the tanker was heading from Kobe City to Kashima City, Ibaraki Prefecture.

At that time, the height of the waves in the surrounding sea area was about 1 meter and the visibility was good, so the Kushimoto Coast Guard Station is investigating the cause of the accident by listening to detailed stories from both crew members.