The 12,430-ton German tanker Helma Entz blazes fiercely off the Japanese coast after collision with Japanese freighter Shofuku Maru in thick fog.
AERIAL VIEW..German tenser Helma Entz on fire and in foreground Japanese freighter Shofuku Maru.
AERIAL VIEW..Burning tanker
AERIAL VIEW..Japanese freighter.
AERIAL VIEW..Ditto with damaged bow.
AERIAL VIEW..Burning tanker.
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Background: The 12,430-ton German tanker Helma Entz blazes fiercely off the Japanese coast after collision with Japanese freighter Shofuku Maru in thick fog.
The collision July 23 occurred shortly after midnight about 100 kilometers south of Nagoya. The Japanese Maritime Board announced that all 51 members of the German ship were rescued.
Fire breaking out on the German tanker spread to the freighter, 6,890-tons. The Board announced that the fire on the Japanese freighter was extinguished but it was out of control on the Helma Entz.
Fifteen crew members of the Helma Entz were rescued from the sea by the Norwegian ship Ventura, 13 by the Shofuku Maru and two by the Japanese ship Shinsei Maru.
The German tanker was on its way to Yokkaichi, southwest of Nagoya, with 17,900 tons of Iranian oil.
The area where the collision occurred is known for its heavy fog.