The Japan Coast Guard successfully evacuated the crew of the 'Crimson Polaris' on Aug 11 without incident and initially reported that the vessel, which had encountered a steering problem, was not in danger. The Japan Coast Guard received a distress call from the vessel at around 7:50 a.m.LT. Shortly after 2:00 p.m., they began an airlift by helicopter lasting approximately five hours to ferry the 21 crew to shore. Some cargo had leaked from the vessel due to damage to the hull.
At 4:15 a.m. on Aug 12 the 'Crimson Polaris' broke in two just forward of the deckhouse approximately 2.5 miles off the coast. An undetermined amount of oil has reportedly spilled with an investigation and containment efforts underway. https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/photos-japanese-bulker-breaks-apart-after-stranding-off-japanhttps://gcaptain.com/wood-chip-carrier-in-trouble-off-japan/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bUD8zGB3Gwhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROIIWs0Bzm8