Meratus Line containership goes down in Java Sea, two missing

Indonesian containership Meratus Banjar 2 (7,761dwt, built 1998) sank yesterday morning around 10am in the Java Sea northeast of Surabaya, Indonesia.

The vessel, owned and operated by Indonesia’s Meratus Line, was on the way from Surabaya to Makassar, South Sulawesi when the incident occurred.

Two crew members are reportedly missing, both engine room crew with one of them a cadet, although it is not yet clear whether there were any other casualties.

An Indonesian Navy spokesman told local press that the ship sank due to a leak in the engine room.

Meratus Line has sent another vessel, Meratus Spirit I, to the scene to look for the missing crew.


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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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