The Oldendorff Carriers vessel Erna Oldendorff struck the Oshima bridge on its way to Etajima, Japan on Monday, October 22.
There were no injuries and no reports of pollution at this time, the company said confirming the incident.
“Immediately after the incident Oldendorff Carriers informed all relevant authorities and parties. The vessel is following instructions of the Japanese Coast Guard and has moved to a safe anchorage,” Oldendorff Carriers explained.
The cause of the accident is still unknown. The Japanese Coast Guard is investigating the collision and Oldendorff Carriers is offering its full cooperation.
“Regardless of the full details of the cause of the incident Oldendorff Carriers would like to apologize for the disruption caused to anyone as a result of the unfortunate events,” the company said.
Based on the local reports the incident has resulted in the rupture of a water pipe under the bridge, leaving thousands of local islanders without water supply.