The Liberian motor bulk carrier World Fuji
sailed from Vostochny near Vladivostok on December 18, 1980,
loaded with a cargo of about 15,000 tons coal
which was scheduled to be discharged at Osaka and Amagasaki.
After her arrival at Osaka three days later,
she discharged some 4,000 tons from her No 3 hold,
which was then left empty.
She then anchored off Amagasaki on December 25,
awaiting a berth in port to discharge the balance of her cargo.
However, during gale force winds on December 27,
her hull twisted and jack-knifed.
Huge cracks also developed amidships
which necessitated her having to be beached near Amagasaki breakwater
with tug assistance.
27 of her 29 man crew were taken off,
leaving two to keep watch on the vessel.
After some of the remaining coal had been off-loaded into barges,
the World Fuji was refloated and moved to a more sheltered position
where she was placed aground on January 9, 1981
in order that all her cargo could be removed.
She was then declared a CTL.