Ship capsizes in Strait of Malacca, two missing

Ship capsizes in Strait of Malacca, two missing

Two men are missing after an Indonesian general cargo capsized in the Strait of Malacca today, having been hit by large waves. The two men missing from the 689 dwt Avatar are the captain and the cook.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) sent a rescue boat and a helicopter to the scene this morning. MMEA officials suspect bad weather as the reason for the accident.

The ship is owned by Batam Cahaya Logistik.

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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