- After running aground off Hachinohe Port, Japan, on 11 August 2021, the Panama-flagged bulk carrier split in two.
- The ship, 2008-built Crimson Polaris, is a wood chip carrier chartered by Japanese shipping major Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK).
- The entire crew of 21 seafarers — Chinese and Filipino nationals — have been evacuated. No injuries to the crew members have been reported.
In response to the grounding of Crimson Polaris that occurred off the coast of Hachinohe on August 11, 10 NYK employees were dispatched on August 18 to assist in the area clean-up, reads a press release from NYK.
Clean-up of oil and cargo adrift
Under the guidance of the Maritime Disaster Prevention Center, the clean-up contractor arranged by the shipowner has continued the clean-up of oil and cargo adrift and on the shoreline.
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As the charterer of the vessel, NYK has dispatched company personnel to the site to assist with the clean-up of the cargo and other debris that has washed ashore.
The first group of 10 people were dispatched for two days and one night, and they plan to continue these dispatches of employee groups. In order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, NYK workers take appropriate infection-control measures and work under the guidance of the cleaning contractor.
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Crisis management center
NYK has organized a crisis management center led by NYK president Hitoshi Nagasawa to rapidly address the situation.
Company personnel have been sent to the site, and necessary support will be provided to the shipowner and ship-management company. We hope the situation will be bought to a safe and timely conclusion.
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Source: NYK Line