Pinger locators have finally found where the Nur Allya sank six weeks ago. After an extraordinary search over thousands of square kilometres, Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Commission has located the Gurita Lintas Samudra-owned ship in the Halmahera Sea, north of Buru Island in the Maluku area that sits in the heart of the Indonesian archipelago.
The ship’s last contact with its owner was on August 20, after which a giant search and rescue operation got underway. The vessel was carrying nickel ore when it sank with 25 crew onboard, a cargo prone to dangerous liquefacation. None of the crew have been found.
In the aftermath of the 52,400 dwt Nur Allya’s disappearance international dry bulk shipping association Intercargo urged all shipping companies to exercise “extreme caution” when accepting, for carriage, nickel ore and other cargoes that have the potential to liquefy.
“Moisture related cargo shifting and incidents on voyage, widely known as liquefaction, continue to be a major concern for dry bulk shipping,” Intercargo stated in a release.
Cargo liquefaction has accounted for more than 50% of all deaths onboard dry bulk vessels over the past decade.