A ship carrying automobile parts sinks along the coast of Japan

A search for three crew members reportedly missing from a roll-on / roll-off (ro / ro) ship that sank off Japan early Friday morning is underway.

According to Reuters, MV Byakko sank at around 2:40 am local time after colliding with chemical tanker Ulsan Pioneer in the Seto Inland Sea shortly before midnight. The white tiger is reported to have sunk about 2.5 miles off Imabari.

Nine of the White Tiger’s 12 crew are said to have been rescued by the Japanese Coast Guard and nearby ships.

Kyodo News reported that the captain, Mr. Tadatsu Sato (66), was missing. Responders are also looking for two of the White Tiger engineers, a Japanese man in his twenties.

The 557-foot-long White Tiger is run by Prince Kaiun, who is based in Kobe, Japan. According to Kyodo News, White Tiger was carrying auto parts and left Kobe for Kanda at 4:30 pm on Thursday. Ulsan pioneers were reportedly scheduled to leave a Chinese port on Tuesday and arrive in Osaka on Friday afternoon.

There was no word about what kind of auto parts the White Tiger was carrying. Denso is Japan’s largest manufacturer of auto parts, specializing in electronic systems and powertrain control modules. Japan Industry News, Aisin Seiki, Yazaki, JTEKT, Hitachi, etc., and other major domestic suppliers are listed.

Sebastian BlancoFollowing FreightWaves’ automotive industry, Toyota said it has a factory in Kanda and Nissan has a factory in the area.

On that website Prince Coun The main customers are Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Logistics, Vantec, Sealink, Tatsumi Shokai, Zero Co., Ltd., and Takanobu Merchant Ship.

According to the website, the 11,454-ton white tiger was built last year and can carry “809 commercial vehicles and 113 trailer chassis.” White tiger is Japanese for white tiger.

Ulsan Pioneer, flying under the flag of the Marshall Islands, was built in 2016.

The cause of the collision has not been reported. According to Freight Waves meteorologist Nick AustinAt the time of the accident, there were no signs of extreme weather.

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