A Japanese reefer has spilled bunkers after ploughing into a breakwater at a domestic port.

The 552,754-cbf Lady Rosemary (built 2008) smashed into the structure late on the evening of 28 November on the west side of Hakata Port in Fukuoka City.

Video footage shows part of the wall destroyed and the ship's bow resting on what remains.

A spill of fuel oil was spotted from the Panama-flag ship, and patrol boats have installed booms around the vessel, owned by Shinsei Kaiun.

Two Japanese and 20 Filipino seafarers on board were not injured.

The Yomiuri Shimbun daily cited the Fukuoka Coast Guard as saying the vessel was loaded with bananas and was leaving the port at the time of the accident.

The reefer was destined for Kobe, Japan.

An investigation has begun and the captain will be interviewed, Japanese media said.

AIS data showed the ship still aground on Tuesday morning.

Salvage attempt being assessed

Managers have brought in an unnamed salvage company to refloat the reefer.

The Lady Rosemary is insured through the Japan Ship Owners' Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association.

The Equasis database listed no port state control detentions since 2016, when the ship was held in Savona, Italy, for a day with five deficiencies.

The grounds for detention were inoperative firefighting equipment and ISM-related deficiencies.