Multiple collisions reported as Typhoon Faxai bears down in Tokyo Bay

Photo of drifting floating dock. Credit: Japan Coast Guard

Typhoon Faxai wreaked havoc on Japan’s eastern side on the morning of 9 September, causing several accidents in Tokyo Bay.

The 15th typhoon of the season made landfall shortly before 03.00 h local time. Winds of up to 209 km/h were reported in the Kanto region, breaking previous typhoon records of wind speed.

According to the Japan Coast Guard, it was informed that at 02.40 h, a crane carrier hit a pier in Yokosuka Port in Kanagawa prefecture. Almost at the same time, a 400 gt cargo ship was said to have collided with a fishing training vessel.

IHS Markit’s AISLive vessel-tracking data identified the 400 gt cargo ship as Oyariki Maru, while the fishing training vessel was identified as Shoyo Maru.

Shoyo Maru sustained damage to its starboard and two fishing net winches. No injuries or pollution were reported. The 62 instructors and trainees on Shoyo Maru disembarked as the vessel was moved to Misaki Shipyard in Miura for repairs.

At 03.00 h, the coast guard was informed that a 2,982 gt cargo ship had collided with a 5,578 gt cargo ship in Kawasaki port.

Eighteen minutes later, Bungo Princess, a 10,000 dwt general cargo ship, dragged its anchor and came into contact with Minami-Honmoku Hama Bridge whilst anchored at Yokohama port.

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation’s shipping affiliate, NS United Kaiun Kaisha, which operates the Bungo Princess, on long-term charter, said that none of the 17 Filipino crew members were hurt as the company suspended cargo handling ahead of the typhoon.

Some lubricant oil leaked into the sea and the ship was berthed at Yokohama for inspection. Bungo Princess is loaded with cargoes of steel frames and unloading operations that began on 7 September were suspended ahead of the typhoon.

NS United said, “We will co-operate with the shipowner, the Japan Coast Guard, and related parties in co-operation with this matter.”

At 03.45 h, two empty ferries, part of the Yokohama Sea Bass, collided in Yokohama Port. A list of Faxai-related accidents was released by the coast guard on 10 September. Among these, a chemical tanker was said to have come into contact with a pier in Yokohama, although no further details were disclosed.

The coast guard added that at 05.55 h, another accident happened in Yokohama Port after strong winds caused a floating dock to drift and come into contact with Yokohama Bay Bridge.

Despite the string of accidents, many people had stayed ashore and there were no reports of injuries.