The general cargo ship Sansha Maru collided with fishing boat off Honshu Island in Japan. The ship was making coastal voyage in Japan, but during the night collided with non-identified fishing boat without lights. The duty officer of the general cargo ship saw the boat in the last minute and tried to avoid collision, but short distance and speed made it impossible. After collision the boat remained afloat, but skipped fell overboard and went missing. The cargo ship immediately reported about the accident and started searching for the missing skipper, but unfortunately unsuccessful. The fishing boat suffered sufficient damages of the hull and water ingress, but remained afloat. The cargo ship Sansha Maru had some dents without any problems for stability and seaworthiness.
The local authorities were informed about the accident and started search and rescue operation for the missing skipper of the fishing boat. The general cargo ship Sansha Maru was detained for further investigation of the collision and anchored close to the scene of the accident. All the seamen of the vessel are in good health and did not suffered any injuries. The fishermen were evacuated from the troubled boat and transported to the shore.
The general cargo ship Sansha Maru (IMO: 9140176) has overall length of 64.20 m, moulded beam of 10.00 m and maximum draft of 3.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 1,510 DWT and the gross tonnage is 498 GRT. The ship was built in 1996 by Matsuura Iron Shipbuilding in their shipyard in Osakikamijima, Japan. The owner and operator of general cargo ship is Japanese company Sansha Kisen