Pertamina-owned cargo ship sinks in Indonesia

Pertamina-owned cargo ship sinks in Indonesia

A singledecker general cargo ship owned by Pertamina sunk on Tuesday after hitting a reef off Tagulandang island, located north of Sulawesi Island, Indonesia.

The Panama-flagged vessel, Bunga Melati XV (2,300 dwt, built 1980) was loaded with 2,400 tons of bagged cement at the time of the incident, according to press reports in Indonesia. The ship was underway from Indonesia’s Tarjun Port.

The hull is thought to have been breached, causing an ingress of water that sank the vessel.

The ship is reportedly resting on the bottom with its bridge remaining above the water. No casualties were reported.

Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.

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