An NYK-chartered woodchip carrier Crimson Polaris has broken in two off the coast of Hachinohi following a grounding.

The 39,910 gt, 2008-built, woodchip carrier split in two at 4-15am local time according to NYK.

NYK charters the vessel from MI-DAS Line which grounded a day earlier.

The Crimson Polaris split in two about 4 km offshore and an unknown quantity of oil has been spilt. NYK said on-site response is being carried out by Japan Coast Guard patrol boats and tugboats.

“NYK has organized a crisis management center led by NYK president Hitoshi Nagasawa to rapidly address the situation. The company is cooperating with related parties based on advice from the Japan Coast Guard. Company personnel have been sent to the site, and necessary support will be provided to the shipowner and ship-management company,” the Japanese shipping company said.

The vessel is managed by Misuga Kaiun.

Source : Seatrade-Maritime