The US navy said Friday a cargo ship ran aground Friday off the island of Okinawa in southern Japan, although it caused no injuries or fuel spills.
The Sgt. Matej Kocak, a Military Sealift Command ship led by a civilian crew, ran aground off the coast of Uruma at 11:30 a.m. local time and the Navy is working with Japan to free the 821-foot-long container ship, whose size is roughly equivalent to an amphibious assault ship.
“The U.S. Navy is working closely with Japanese authorities to assess the situation and determine the best course of action to refloat the vessel,” 7th Fleet said in a news release. “Tugs are on scene stabilizing the vessel and assessing the situation. No leaks from the hull have been found and no damage to the surrounding area has been reported.”
7th Fleet said there are 38 civilian crew aboard, as well as 67 Army personnel and 26 Marines, adding: “None are injured and the crew is currently still on board the ship.”