Sunday, December 18, 2005
A Cambodian-registered timber freighter spilled about 1,000 logs into the Sea of Japan early Saturday after it was whipped by strong winds and began to list, the Japan Coast Guard said. None of the 19 crewmen, all from Russia, was injured.
The Alteza departed from Vanino port in the Russian Far East on Dec. 8 bound for Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, with about 8,500 logs. The 1,798-ton ship spilled about 750 of the logs from its deck just before 6 a.m. and 250 more fell into the sea about one hour later, the coast guard said. The vessel was around 21 kilometers northeast of Cape Echizen in Fukui Prefecture when it spilled the logs, the coast guard said. The logs are around 4 meters long and 40 cm in diameter. The listing ship continued on and arrived in Tsuruga just before noon.