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Cement carrier sinks in Celebes Sea

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World Cement,

The cement carrier Bunga Melati XV sank in Celebes Sea near Tagulandang island.

The vessel was carrying 2400 t of cement in 48 000 bags from Tarjun Batu Lcin to Tagulandang, but started getting water ingress in cargo hold 1 and sank at the approach to the port. The carrier’s hull touched the bottom and the wheelhouse remained above the water. All the 18 crew members abandoned the vessel and were rescued without injuries. The vessel is partially sank at the south side of the pier, disturbing the traffic to the port and being environment danger for the shipping in vicinity. The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident.

Currently there is no report for oil spill and water pollution. The cargo is considered at total loss, but removing of the wreck will be discussed, as vessel has fuel tanks bunkered with several t of oil, which is potential environmental danger.

The cement carrier Bunga Melati XV has overall length of 72 m, moulded beam of 12 m and maximum draft of 5.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 2300 DWT and the gross tonnage is 1477 GRT. The vessel was built in 1980 by Shin Kochi Jyuko in Japan and is managed by Indonesian company Sari Ampenan.

Edited from source by Joseph Green. Source: News Maritime

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