Tanker sinking after collision off Japan

Two tankers, the Panama-flagged Eastern Phoenix and Japanese Keihin Maru 8, collided off Japan’s port of Kehin, Prefecture of Kanagawa, on Sunday, less than two nautical miles from the coast, according to local media.

The 5,025 dwt product tanker Eastern Phoenix was slightly damaged, and remained afloat without water ingress.

Tanker Keihin Maru 8 was breached in fore port, which caused it to flood and partially sink.

All crewmembers were evacuated and no injuries were reported following the incident, however, an oil spill was reportedly spotted in the area. Relevant authorities have launched salvage operations.

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