Two ships collided at Japan

March 10th, 2009 - 3:01 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Early Tuesday morning, two commercial ships collided off Japan, nine Indonesian sailors and seven South Korean sailor are missing said the Japan Cost Guard.

The South Korean-flagged Orchid Pia and Panamanian-flagged Cygnus Ace, collided at 120km south of Tokyo, the coast guard said.

The 10,833-tonne Cygnus Ace,reported the incident to the coast guard but the SOuth Korean Vessel radar was unable to reach. As for 4,255-tonne-Orchid Pia did not responded to radio signals from the coast guard, which has launched six patrol vessels and two planes to search the freighter.

The ship, carrying 16 crew members and 5,051 tons of steel coils, was travelling from the port of Kashima in eastern Japan to South Korea, the coast guard said.

Cygnus Ace suffered some damage but is able to navigate, the coast guard said. There are no reports of sailors missing from the ship.

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