Ro-ro struck rock, breached, abandoned, Japan

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Nov 21, 2023 at 15:11 in Accidents by Mikhail Voytenko

UPDATE 2310 Tokyo time Nov 21: The ship struck an underwater rock at 0130 Tokyo time Nov 21, was breached and suffered water ingress, with heavy starboard list. 12 crew were taken off the ship, all safe. Abandoned ship drifted south, at around 1030 Tokyo time was taken on tow, towed to Yashiro Island and, understood anchored off Kodomari, southern Yashiro Island, at around 1310 Tokyo time. No leak reported. The ship is loaded with cars and some general goods.
Ro-ro cargo ship SUOU was disabled in Inner Japan sea at around 0130 Tokyo time Nov 21, while en route from Hakata to Iwakuni. The ship drifted in southern direction, with tug HAYASE MARU (IMO 9868297) preventing her grounding, and as of 1030 Tokyo time towing SUOU, destination unknown.