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 Chemikalientanker kentert vor Japan infographic
Graphic zeigt die Stelle, an der die Keoyoung Sun gekentert ist.


Tanker beladen mit Säure kentert vor der Küste Japans

By Ninian Carter

March 20, 2024 - Ein südkoreanisch beflaggteer Chemikalientanker, beladen mit Industriesäure, ist in stürmischer See vor Südwest-Japan gekentert. Mindestens acht Mann der Besatzung sind ertrunken.

The South Korean-flagged “Keoyoung Sun” chemical tanker has capsized off the coast of Yamaguchi prefecture in southwestern Japan, with eight deaths confirmed by the coastguard.

The tanker, which was forced to anchor due to bad weather, requested assistance after 7:00am on Wednesday (2200 GMT, Tuesday).

The vessel had 11 crew members on board, of which nine have been retrieved by the coast guard. Eight of those have been confirmed dead, with rescuers looking for the remaining two.

The tanker was carrying around 980 tonnes of acrylic acid, which is used in plastics, resin, and coatings and can irritate the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes.

PUBLISHED: 20/03/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Newscom