Korean coastal trawler sank after collision with car carrier Trans Future 1 in Yellow Sea on 8 nautical miles off Sinjin, South Korea. The car carrier was en route from from Hakata, Japan to Pyeongtaek, but due to early night and poor visibility, the duty officer saw the fishing trawler in very last moment and has no time to maneuver and avoid collision. The fishing ship capsized and sank, but fortunately the eight fishermen succeeded to jump overboard and were rescue by nearby fishing vessel without reporting serious injuries. The car carrier reported the accident to the local authorities and anchored near South Korean coast.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. Fortunately there were no injured people and no water pollution. The car carrier was detained and will return in operations after completion of investigation.
The car carrier Trans Future 1 (IMO: 9176216) has overall length of 172.00 m, moulded beam of 25.00 m and maximum draft of 6.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 9,287 DWT and the gross tonnage is 25,667 GRT. The car carrier was built in 1998 by Naikai Shipbuilding in the Setoda shipyard in Japan. The owner and operator of the ship Trans Future 1 is Japanese company Kagoshima Senpaku.