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Japan confirms NOCC collision with fishing vessel

Japan confirms NOCC collision with fishing vessel
The Japan Coast Guard has confirmed that a car carrier owned by Norwegian Car Carriers (NOCC) did collide with a fishing vessel on 23 June, leading to the likely death of the trawler's captain.

Paint samples taken by Japan Coast Guard confirmed that the collision took place some 300 km off the Japanese coast south / east of Ishinomaki city, Miyagi prefecture.

NOCC announced on Thursday that the rescue operation for the missing captain Hiroshi Yoshizawa from Yujin Maru no. 7, the fishing vessel, has been discontinued. The Norwegian firm has expressed its “deepest sympathy with the family of Yoshizawa, and with his colleagues and crew.”

Eight crew members from Yujin Maru no. 7 were rescued when the fishing vessel broke in two.

The captain and third officer of the car carrier NOCC Oceanic remain in Sendai-Shiogama for further interviews by the Japanese authorities, NOCC said.

“The investigations by the Japanese coast guard and Japanese transportation safety board regarding the circumstances around the collision are still on-going. Norwegian Car Carriers ASA will continue to do its utmost to assist Japanese authorities in these investigations,” NOCC said.

The 6,450 vehicle capacity NOCC Oceanic, built in 2012, has continued her voyage to the US East Coast.