The search and rescue teams for the missing bulk carrier Nur Allya found signs of the ship over the weekend, 10 days after it disappeared with 25 crew onboard.
The teams have found an oil spill and a lifeboat near Obi Island in the North Maluku in eastern Indonesia, and confirmed they were from the ship after analysing the oil samples.
The team has since extended the search around the island, however the 52,400 dwt ship is believed to have sunk in stormy conditions in deep water.
Earlier reports suggested the ship, which was carrying nickel ore, might have sunk due to cargo liquefaction. International dry bulk shipping association Intercargo urged all shipping companies last week to exercise “extreme caution” when accepting, for carriage, nickel ore and other cargoes that have the potential to liquefy.