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Ehime Maru

8-10 miles south of Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, HI | 2001-Feb-09

Initial Notification: Late this afternoon (Friday, 9 Feb. 2001) a US submarine collided with a 190ft Japanese Training Vessel approximately 8-10 miles south of Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, HI (21 03.7'N/157 51.8'W). The vessel had just refueled and was carrying at least 21000 gals of diesel fuel oil. It is believed that the sub surfaced under the vessel causing it to sink in 1800ft of water. Although its likely there was a release of oil focus right now is on search and rescue. There is fear that some passengers are missing. USCG district 14.

Incident Details
Cause of incident:Collision
Products of concern:diesel fuel
Amount spilled (approximate): 21,000 gallons
Latitude (approximate): 21° 3.70′ North
Longitude (approximate): 157° 51.78′ West