Fire breaks out on Japan's largest cruise ship Asuka 2

   June 16, 2020 ,   Accidents

A fire broke out on Tuesday, June 16, on Asuka II - Japan's largest cruise ship, currently docked at Port Yokohama (close to Tokyo).

According to the Yokohama-based 3rd Regional Coast Guard Headquarters, it had received a report by radio from a crew at ~1 PM (Tokyo time). that the ship's crew were trying to extinguish the fire. The ship was without passengers and injuries were not reported.

The NYK Cruises' parent company NYK LINE said the fire had broken out on the top deck used to store materials and smoke had been visible as the city's fire department had joined efforts to put out the blaze, which had been extinguished at 4:15 PM.

Asuka 2 cruise ship

MS Asuka II is anchored at Osanbashi Pier since April 1, 2020, following the COVID outbreak.

Asuka II has been in service since February 2006. She is 241 metres long and weighs around 50,000 tons. The vessel has max passenger capacity 960 (plus 150 staff-crew).

For more Asuka II accidents and incidents see the ship's CruiseMinus page.