The container ship was seen making a U-turn before the collision on some ship trackers, a move that has raised questions about what happened. All of the ACX Crystal's 20-member Filipino crew were safe, according to Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen K.K., which operates the ship.
The waters where the collision occurred see as many as 400 ships pass through every day, according to Japan's coast guard. They are especially congested in the early hours of the day, with ships carrying cargo for early morning delivery in Tokyo. The waters also have fast currents, making it a tricky area that requires experience and skill to navigate.
Marine traffic records show the Crystal made a series of sharp turns about 25 minutes before the collision, which in crowded seas might have caused a cascade of maneuvers by other vessels as they tried to avoid one another.
The ACX Crystal weighs 29,060 tons and is 222 meters (730 feet) long, much larger than the 8,315-ton destroyer. The container ship's left bow was dented and scraped, and it did not appear to have sustained any major structural damage when it was docked in the Tokyo bay late Saturday.
But on Sunday, a group of accident investigators from the Japanese transport ministry found damage to the container ship that had been hidden under the waterline when it arrived in Tokyo the previous night. Footage from Japanese broadcaster NHK showed a sharp horizontal cut across the bow area, which looked like a shark's mouth. Many scratches were also seen in the frontal area.
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Tracking records show the ACX Crystal, a 30,000-ton container ship, was bound for Tokyo from Nagoya before the collision. It left at about 5:30 p.m. Friday and steamed east at a brisk 17 knots, or close to 20 miles per hour, for the next seven hours. The Japanese Coast Guard said that at about 1:30 a.m. the ship struck the U.S.S. Fitzgerald.
According to the Japan Coast Guard the collision happened around 1:30 Am but according to the U.S. Navy that time of collision was at 2:20 Am. So who is correct or who is lying? The strangely abnormal movement of ACX Crystal recorded by the real-time ship trackers is telling two completely different stories depending on which time of collision between two ships. Just look at the trace of ACX Crystal below.
|Philippino crew's version of collision which is disputed by US Navy.|
then made a U-turn before T-boning USS Fitzgerald.)
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