Eight mariners from Japan's Fukushima luckily avoided the devastating earthquake as they were in Zhoushan for the maintenance of their ship on March 13. With help from Zhoushan Maritime, the mariners started to go home on the morning of March 14.
On the March 9, the ship TAIYOMARU NO.2 left Fukushima for Zhoushan to take maintenance and reached anchorage area near Zhoushan's Xiazhi Island in the evening of March 12.
After the earthquake happened, eight of the nine mariners on board were bursting to return home as they came from Fukushima where destructive earthquake and tsunami hit and their families' safety kept unknown.
However, the ship could not be berthed at 9:00 am as scheduled due to the foggy weather, which made the mariners more anxious. As the weather was getting better at 4:40 pm, with Zhoushan Maritime's coordination, the ship got a prior permission to berth at an anchorage area near Mazhi Island before docked in a ship yard for repairing.
On the next morning, the mariners stepped on their way home in time.