In debt Indonesian boxship stormed by locals in Batam

A containership owned by Indonesian Fortune Lloyd was stormed and taken over on Friday afternoon. The ship, Sally Fortune (2009 built; 7,000 dwt) was due to leave a ship repair yard in Batam in western Indonesia. It had been receiving repairs there since June last year and had failed to pay its bills totalling some Rp8bn.

The yard in question, Bandar Abadi Tanjunguncang, had tried to mediate with the fellow Indonesian owner for many months to no avail.

There is speculation in local media that the yard used local armed forces to take the ship. The shipowner is now writing to local authorities and even the nation’s president to try and fix the situation.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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