Twelve missing after Brightoil tanker and fishing vessel collide

Brightoil Lucky and a Chinese fishing vessel collided in the Sea of Japan on 5 October. Credit: Olaf Schmidt

Twelve members of a Chinese fishing vessel are feared dead following a collision with a tanker operated by Brightoil Petroleum.

The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) said 12 crew members were missing after Lurong Yuanyu 378 and 2009-built 115,000 dwt Aframax tanker Brightoil Lucky collided on 5 October.

Vessel-tracking data from IHS Markit’s AISLive shows that Brightoil Lucky was sailing from Longkou, China, to the Russian oil port of Kozmino, when it collided with the tanker 400 km north of the Oki Islands in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea. Brightoil Lucky had been scheduled to arrive in Kozmino on 9 October.

A JCG officer said that none of Brightoil Lucky’s crew were injured, adding that it had been asked to carry out search-and-rescue efforts when alerted by its Chinese counterpart. There were four other crew members on Lurong Yuanyu 378.

The officer said, “We have set up a response unit and have sent three patrol vessels to the area where the incident happened.”

The Chinese embassy in Japan has also deployed representatives to the area to assist the JCG’s rescue efforts.

Brightoil Lucky sustained some damage and is now being repaired.

Active as a physical bunker supplier in Hong Kong, China, and Singapore, Brightoil Petroleum owns a fleet of 15 vessels comprising six bunker tankers and nine oil tankers that include five VLCCs and four Aframaxes.

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