Posted on January 08, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Crude palm oil carrier, Namse Bangdzod, was declared missing while transiting through the Java Sea, on December the 28th.
The vessel, which is operated by Surabaya Shipping Lines, sailed from Sampit, Southern Kalimantan with a shipment of palm oil and was headed for Tanjung Prior Port, Jakarta.
The tanker had been sailing with a crew of 12 seafarers when it was declared missing while travelling through the Java Sea.
“We ‘ve yet to have any contact with Namse Bangdzod MT. The Directorate General of Sea Transportation (DGCA), Tanjung Priok Head Office, Basarnas, KSOP Sampit, and also the ship's owner, are looking for and monitoring for any sign of the ship,” said Head of Port Authority (KSOP), Thomas Chandra, in a statement on Sunday.
The last known position of the ship was recorded as the tip of Karawan, Tanjung Priok.
However, according to the director of the Central Kalimantan Regional Police, Kombes Badarudin, it might be a bit premature to label the event as a piracy related incident.
"We are still monitoring and coordinating with KSOP Sampit. We are also still waiting to hear about the condition of the ship. We should not think about piracy and so on at this time. At the moment the search is still underway," said Badarudin in a statement.
There is currently no evidence as to why the ship went missing but local authorities have opened up an investigation in order to discover the cause of the incident.