Posted May 06, 2020 10:22:16 A Japanese cargo ship was sunk off the coast of China’s Zhejiang province last week, sparking outrage from Chinese authorities and calls for a thorough investigation.
The wreck of the Mitsubishi Lotte was found on Saturday near the coast city of Shijiazhuang, according to state media reports.
The Japanese ship is being held in a naval base in the city of Qingdao.
A crew member was reported missing after the collision, but police later confirmed that the victim died of head injuries.
The ship had been operating in the area of the port city of Ningbo, the city’s tourism bureau said.
The Mitsubishis Lotte is registered to Mitsubashi Shipping Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Mitsubushi Shipping Co. Ltd.
It was carrying 2,200 tonnes of oil and gas.
The accident has raised questions about whether the disaster was preventable.
China’s foreign ministry has repeatedly blamed Japan for the incident, saying it had no responsibility and that Japan should not accept responsibility for the accident.
The Lotte, which has been owned by Mitsubashira Shipping Co, Ltd.
since 2011, has been involved in a series of accidents that have killed hundreds of people, mostly in China’s southern Guangdong province.