Ships, ports hit by typhoon Trami

Ports in Japan resumed operations on 1 October
Ports in Japan resumed operations on 1 October

A general cargo ship remains aground in Kawasaki port after being battered by typhoon Trami, which hit mainland Japan on 30 September, a day after making landfall in Okinawa.

The small general cargo vessel, Marina, was anchored about 02:00 when the strong winds pushed it on to the breakwater. Its 12 crew members evacuated the vessel without suffering injuries.

The hull of Marina was damaged and leakage of fuel oil is suspected.

Operated by Hong Kong-registered Credit Ocean Shipping, Marina had been anchored after arriving from Yokohama on 29 September.

Ships were hit elsewhere in the country as the typhoon swept Japan. Photos released by international media showed a ship tilting in Yonabaru, Okinawa.

Ports in Japan resumed operations on 1 October, but strong winds have meant that vessels are still in queues.

Refineries in Osaka have been unable to load barges of their petroleum products because of the winds, an oil trader told IHS Markit.

The typhoon season has been especially harsh in Japan this year, with the country experiencing typhoons Shanshan and Jongdari in August. In September, typhoon Jebi caused major damage in the Kansai region in western Japan, resulting in Kansai International Airport, the main gateway to the region, suspending operations for more than two weeks as the facility became flooded.