Alcohol Link Suspected for Mitsui O.S.K. Cruise Ship Accident in Guam

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Tokyo, Jan. 8 (Jiji Press)--A subsidiary of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. <9104> said Tuesday that its large cruise ship bound for Saipan hit the U.S. Navy's pier at a port in Guam in December last year.

According to Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line Ltd., the male captain of the Nippon Maru drank alcohol on Dec. 30, the day of the accident, in which the 22,472-ton ship with 372 passengers and 252 crew members on board suffered damage on the starboard side. No one was injured.

The transport ministry has launched investigation to know whether there was a link between the captain's drinking and the collision with the pier.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Navy are also investigating the accident.

The ship operator declined to comment on the captain's alcohol consumption, saying the matter is under probe.

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