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Indonesian bulker disappears after sending distress signal

PortandTerminal.com, August 26, 2019

An Indonesian bulker, with 25 crew members, disappeared off eastern Indonesia shortly after sending a distress signal on August 25.

Search and rescue efforts were launched right away, but the 52,400 dwt Nur Allya, carrying nickel ore, is yet to be located, according to local media reports.

It was not immediately clear what prompted the 2002-built ship to send the distress signal. There is early speculation that the load of ore the ship was carrying was “liquefying, causing capsizing and sinking”.

The search and rescue mission on Sunday was interrupted by unfavorable weather conditions at the site, however, the authorities restarted the efforts to locate the ship and its crew early on Monday.

Last known position of the vessel

The 2002-built Nur Allya was en route to Indonesia’s Southeast Sulawesi province and last communicated with authorities while transiting the waters off the country’s northern Buru Island, Maluku province.

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