Fire breaks out on one of Japan's biggest cruise ships
The 3rd Regional Coast Guard Headquarters, based in Yokohama, said it received a report by radio from a crew member around 1 p.m. that the ship's crew were trying to extinguish the fire.
No passengers were on board at the time, and there were no injuries, it said.
Nippon Yusen K.K., parent company of the cruise ship's operator, said the fire broke out on the top floor used to store materials. Smoke was visible as the city's fire department joined efforts to put out the blaze, which was extinguished at 4:15 p.m.
The city said Asuka II has been anchored at Osanbashi Pier since April 1 following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. ■