Fire breaks out on one of Japan's biggest cruise ships, no injuries
A fire broke out on one of Japan’s largest cruise ships on Tuesday - The Asuka II, which was docked in Yokohama with 153 crew members onboard, though the cause of the blaze has yet to be determined.
The 3rd Regional Coast Guard Headquarters, based in Yokohama, said it received a report by radio from a crew member around 1 p.m. that the ship's crew were trying to extinguish the fire. No passengers were on board at the time, and there were no injuries, it said.
The local fire department joined the efforts to eventually extinguish the fire about four hours later, according to a timeline provided by the ship's operators. The fire was extinguished at 4:15 p.m.
The Asuka II had been docked in just outside of Tokyo in Yokohama since April, after returning from Singapore, where it was undergoing maintenance. The Asuka II is currently out of service until at least mid July due to the ongoing coronavirus health crisis.
Asuka II, which has been in service since February 2006, is 241 meters long and weighs around 50,000 tons. It has a passenger capacity of 872 and a crew of 150.