The 17 crew members have been safely taken off a cargo vessel after it reportedly experienced a severe blaze at Indonesia’s anchorage.
Domestic media further reported that welding work was being undertaken in the accommodation block on the 1,800-dwt Fortuner (constructed in 1990) at the Sandar waiting area off Gresik’s port on Thursday.
They cited that a seafarer said a spark caused the thick smoke and fire to fill a cabin quickly.
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Video footage reflected orange flames toward the stern as black smoke was seen drifting across the bay.
Another report, however, blamed the cause on an unexpected electrical short circuit. A naval patrol unit from Indonesia successfully carried out the process of evacuation.
The AIS system now lists the vessel to be out of range.
Zero port state control inspections have been listed for the ship on the website of Equasis.
The Fortuner has been listed to be owned by Indonesia’s Prime Tirta Jaya of Surabaya.
References: Safety4Sea, Splash247, TradeWinds News