Indonesian cargo ship on fire off Surabaya

Singapore: General cargo ship Meratus Sumbawa 1 (3,000dwt, built 1990) caught fire earlier today off Surabaya, in the same vicinity as yesterday’s collision between an LPG tanker and containership which resulted in a fire onboard the tanker.

The vessel, owned and operated by Indonesia’s Meratus Line, was heading to the Port of Tanjung Perak when it caught fire in waters off Karang Jamuang Island, around 20 nm north of the Surabaya port.

The fire started in the engine room and engulfed the ship, leading to the 19 crew members being evacuated by rescue craft sent by the port authority.

No injuries were reported and the vessel was still ablaze as of this afternoon.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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