Fire aboard Asuka II cruise ship in Tokyo

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

A fire broke out today on the Asuka II, one of Japan's biggest cruise ships, while it was docked at the port of Yokohama near Tokyo, the Japan Coast Guard said.

The third Regional Coast Guard Headquarters, based in Yokohama, said it received a report by radio from a crew member around 1:00 p.m. locla time that the ship's crew was trying to extinguish the fire. No passengers were on board at the time, and there were no injuries, it said, Kyodo reported.
No passengers were on the ship, its operator NYK Line said. The company said 153 crew members were on board for essential duty and were fighting the fire.
The cruise ship has been docked in Yokohama Port, west of Tokyo, since early April after returning from Singapore where it had undergone maintenance.
Yokohama Port is where the Diamond Princess cruise ship earlier this year had a coronavirus outbreak that infected more than 700 people. The ship has since left.-Kyodo/AP. Photo: Kyodo