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SHIP NAME: World Fuji KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source Japan FSA
type A
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dead 0
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No 3 hold flooded. Subsequently broken up. Coal loaded.


source HOOKE
type D
volume
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dead
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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.


source CTX
type D
volume
material
dead 1
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Amagasaki is in Osaka Bay with a maximum fetch of about 40 miles. With this fetch we are talking at most 2-3 m waves. How could flooding empty No 3 hold sink her? Could this be brittle fracture? Did it jack-knife in sag or hog?

Or maybe she hit bottom first?