[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Japan Coast Guard said a Panamanian-registered ship ran aground and was leaking oil in a northern Japanese port, but there were no injuries among the 21 crew members and the oil leak was being controlled with no signs it had reached the shore. 

© Reuters/HANDOUT Handout photo released by Japan Coast Guard shows the Panamanian-registered ship 'Crimson Polaris' after it ran aground in Hachinohe harbour in Hachinohe, Japan
© Reuters/HANDOUT Handout photo released by Japan Coast Guard shows the Panamanian-registered ship ‘Crimson Polaris’ after it ran aground in Hachinohe harbor in Hachinohe, Japan

The “Crimson Polaris,” charted by NYK Line a 39,910-tonne vessel carrying wood chips, came aground in Hachinohe harbor on Wednesday morning. It was able to break free, but due to bad weather, it was unable to sail far and ended up anchoring approximately 4 kilometers (2.4 miles) from the harbor. 

According to the Coast Guard, a break in the hull occurred and oil began to leak, resulting in a 5.1 kilometer long by 1 km wide slick visible by Thursday morning, with containment measures being undertaken by patrol boats.

© Reuters/HANDOUT Handout photo released by Japan Coast Guard shows the Panamanian-registered ship 'Crimson Polaris' after it ran aground in Hachinohe harbour in Hachinohe, Japan
© Reuters/HANDOUT Handout photo released by Japan Coast Guard shows the Panamanian-registered ship ‘Crimson Polaris’ after it ran aground in Hachinohe harbor in Hachinohe, Japan

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  1. TODAY THE MOST COMMON PROBLEM WITH BRIDGE WATCHKEEPING IS THE DISTRAATION OF OOW AND AB ON WATCH WITH SOCIAL MEDIA.
    USE OF MOBILE PHONES TO CHECK VARIOUS WEBSITE EVEN WHEN THE VESSELS ARE A LONG WAY FROM SHORE IS VERY COMMON, AS SOME SIGNALS ARE VERY STRONG.
    MANY SEAFARERS COME ONBOARD PREPARED WITH THEIR OWN WIFI MODEMS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL VENDORS, SUITABLE FOR THE LINER ROUTES OR TRAMPING, THAT THEIR VESSELS WILL PLY.
    EVEN THOUGH ALL SHIPMANAGERS AND OWNERS HAVE STRICT GUIDELINES ON USAGE OF MOBILE PHONES, LAPTOPS DURING BRIDGE WATCHES, THIS HAS NOT STOPPED SEAFARERS FROM THIS DISTRACTION. IT HAS NOW BECOME AN ADDICTION.
    THE MASTER SHOULD TAKE STERN ACTION WITH ANYBODY FOUND USING MOBILE PHONES/LAPTOPS ON THE BRIDGE FOR SOCIAL MEDIA OR TO CONTACT THEIR FAMILIES DURING BRIDGE WATCHKEEPING DUTY.
    THE IMPORTANCE OF VESSEL SAFETY, CARGO SAFETY, EVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ANDSAFETY OF THE CREW CANNOT BE COMPROMISED.

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