News and Press Releases

Collision of VLCC "Mogamigawa"

January 9, 2007 - TOKYO, Japan - Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K" Line). VLCC "Mogamigawa" collided with a submarine at 22:45 of Jan. 8 local time (04:15 of Jan. 9 Japan standard time) after passing Strait of Hormuz . She was sailing for Singapore. She resumed navigation and will call the nearest port for survey although bottom part of ballast tank was damaged. There was no oil leakage and no injured crew. Detail of opponent ship is unknown.

Emergency response head quarter was implemented today.

Collision of VLCC "Mogamigawa" No. 2

January 10, 2007 - TOKYO, Japan - Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K" Line). VLCC "Mogamigawa" arrived at Khor Fakkan , United Arab Emirates at 13:10 of Jan. 9 local time (18:10 of Jan. 9 Japan standard time). Inspection by diver commenced around 15:00. At this moment following damages have been found on bottom of ballast tank No.5 which locates about 70 meters ahead of stern on the left:

- approximately 1 m x 5 m of dent, maximum 40 cm in depth
- approximately 10 cm x 35 cm of hole
- some scratches

Temporary repair was made to stop sea water inflow into ballast tank.

Inspection by diver resumed in the morning of Jan. 10 local time. Repair plan will be determined after this inspection.

Collision of VLCC "Mogamigawa" No. 3

January 11, 2007

- approximately 3.5m x 10m of dent with two holes, approximately 20cm x 10cm and
  40cm x 20cm respectively (same location as reported in press release No.2 yesterday)

- approximately 2m x 4m of dent with three holes, approximately 10cm x 5cm, 10cm x 5cm
  and 20cm x 10cm respectively

- approximately 2m x 10m of dent

Also all propeller blade edge were found missing approximately 8cm from tip.

All holes were plugged up by temporary repair and flooding into No.5 ballast tank was stopped. Consequently classification society ClassNK issued recommendations that she should arrive shipyard for permanent repair by Feb. 9 after unloading cargo.

She sailed Khor Fakkan, United Arab Emirates at 23:00 of Jan. 10 local time (04:00 of Jan. 11 Japan standard time) and is bound for Singapore due on Jan.20.

Shipyard for permanent repair will be selected in due course.

VLCC "Mogamigawa" collided with submarine USS “ Newport News ” on Jan. 8 after passing Strait of Hormuz.