Colour samples proved that car carrier sank Japanese f/v
Paint samples taken by the Japan Coast Guard confirmed that the "NOCC Oceanic" did collide with the fishing vessel "Yujin Maru No. 7 on June 23 some 300 km off the Japanese coast southeast of Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture. The Japanese Coast Guard completed its investigations onboard the "NOCC Oceanic" on June 26 and in full understanding with Japanese authorities, the vessel left the port of Sendai-Shiogama that same afternoon and was continuing on her voyage to the U.S. East Coast. The Captain and the Third Officer of the "NOCC Oceanic" remained in Sendai-Shiogama for further interviews by the Japanese Coast Guard. These interviews were expected to be completed shortly. The investigations by the Japanese Coast Guard and Japanese Transportation Safety Board regarding the circumstances around the collision were still on- going. Norwegian Car Carriers ASA was to continue to do its utmost to assist Japanese authorities in these investigations.
NOCC Oceanic has a bow damage
After the "NOCC Oceanic" arrived in Sendai-Shiogama in the evening of June 24, the Japanese Coast Guard commenced investigations June 25 morning. An inspection of the hull of the "NOCC Oceanic" has revealed damage to the bow area of the vessel, indicating physical contact with an object. The investigations were on-going. Norwegian Car Carriers ASA currently has a team present in Sendai-Shiogama to assist the Japanese authorities in the investigations.
NOCC Oceanic sent to Shiogama for surveys regarding possible collision
Norwegian Car Carriers (NOCC) has been informed by the Japanese Coast Guard that, on June 23, 2013, at 10:15 a.m LT the Japanese flagged fishing vessel "Yujin Maru no. 7" was hit by another vessel and broke in two, some 300 km off the Japanese coast southeast of Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture. The Japanese Coast Guard believed the "NOCC Oceanic" may have been involved in the collision, and has instructed the vessel to proceed to the nearest port, Sendai-Shiogama, for investigations, including a check of the hull. According to the 2nd Regional Office of Japan Coast Guard, eight crew members were rescued by the sister ship "Yoshi Maru No.55" at 13:50 a.m. The master of the "Yujin Maru no. 7" was still missing, and a rescue operation has been launched. The master of "NOCC Oceanic" has not reported any indications that the vessel has been involved in such a collision. However, NOCC was willing to contribute fully to the investigation. The "NOCC Oceanic" headed to Sendai-Shiogama port and moored at Shiogama Anchorage on June 24 at 10 p.m. A team representing NOCC, its insurance underwriters, technical manager were en route to Sendai-Shiogama to assist in the investigation.Upload News