Seafarer drowns as product tanker sinks in Indonesian waters

Seafarer drowns as product tanker sinks in Indonesian waters

One seafarer drowned while another 26 were evacuated when the product tanker Nusantra Akbar sank on Saturday night in Indonesian waters of the Malacca Strait.

Local reports suggest the engine room started taking on water and despite the best efforts of the crew to plug the leak, the master decided to evacuate within a couple of hours of the leak being found. Indonesian search and rescue teams were alerted and were quickly on the scene.

The 107 m long ship was transporting 7,000 tons of diesel. Authorities are now investigating how the accident happened, while salvors have been appointed to look at the wreck.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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