On February 3, the 80 meter long, 2050 dwt cargo vessel Graha Angkasa 1 sank near Serei, North Minahasa, Indonesia. The Graha Angkasa 1 was proceeding with 3000 tons of cement in bad weather when it suffered water ingress in the engine room. Unable to control the flooding, the cargo vessel lost power and went adrift.
The Graha Angkasa 1 sent out a distress call with the Indonesian Armed Forces responding. Multiple patrol boats were dispatched to the scene and successfully rescued the 9 crew and 3 cadets on board the Graha Angkasa 1. No reports of injuries, but the survivors were taken ashore for evaluation.
Two hours after the first request for assistance the Graha Angkasa 1 lost stability and sank. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 131 meter long, 5288 dwt tanker Eastern Glory allided with the Barelang II Bridge in Batam City, Riau Islands, Indonesia. The Eastern Glory had been at anchor off Barelang Root Island when a tug arrived on scene. The tug took the Eastern Glory under tow to re position the tanker so that other vessels could anchor nearby. The tug struggled to keep the Eastern Glory under control. Strong currents and wind gusts pushed the tanker overwhelming the tug. The tug was forced to drop the towline and the Eastern Glory drifted away until it struck the bridge breaking its main mast. No reports of injuries.
The Eastern Glory remained wedged against the bridge for several hours until several tugs arrived and were able to pull the the tanker free. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. No reports of pollution released.
On January 13, the 144 meter long, 13360 dwt pipe layer vessel Star Centurion was struck by the 176 meter long, 40094 dwt tanker Antea in the Singapore Strait off Bintan Island, Indonesia. The Star Centurion had been at anchor when the Antea struck the pipelay vessel amidships. The Star Centurion’s hull was holed and suffered water ingress. The vessel’s pumps were unable to keep up with the flooding and the Star Centurion developed a severe list. All 22 crew on the Star Centurion abandoned ship into the lifeboats before the pipe layer capsized onto its port side and partially sank. No reports of injuries.
Indonesian authorities have dispatched vessels to monitor the wreck. The Star Centurion’s hull remains partially above water. Reports state the Antea had sustained damage, but was able to proceed under its own power to the port of Kuala Sungai Linggi. The owners of the Star Centurion have awarded Smit Salvage the contract to salvage the vessel.