On February 28, the 63 meter long, 1534 dwt cargo vessel Michael Putra caught fire in the Java Sea off Bangka Belitung Islands, Indonesia. The Michael Putra was headed for Bintan Island with general cargo along with 17 vehicles and 36 motorbikes when a fire started in the cargo hold. The crew attempted to extinguish the blaze, but as they fought the fire there was an explosion. The master ordered the crew to abandon ship into the vessel’s liferaft. The survivors were rescued 2 hours later by passing fishermen. The fishermen rescued all 16 crew and 2 passengers on board. No reports of injuries.
Crewmen reported hearing several explosions from the cargo deck of the Michael Putra while waiting to be rescued. Authorities state the Michael Putra was last reported as still burning and adrift. Salvage may be an option if the fire can be extinguished on the Michael Putra. The general cargo and vehicles on board are a total loss.
The 90 meter long, 630 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Dharma Kencana II caught fire in the Java Sea between Pontianak and Semarang, Indonesia. The Dharma Kencana II had departed from Pontianak with 119 passengers and 46 vehicles when the crew found a fire broke out on the lower deck. Unable to contain the blaze, the vessel sent out a distress call. A number of nearby vessels responded including the KM Kirana I Kumai, KM Flores, Sewa Sadewa along with several other vessels. Passengers and crew abandoned ship and were evacuated to the KM Kirana I Kumai. No reports of injuries reported.
Reports state the superstructure of the Dharma Kencana II was totally gutted by the fire, but the ferry remained afloat.
The 57 meter long, 617 dwt cargo vessel Nagoya sank in the Java Sea off Sumenep, East Java, Indonesia. The Nagoya was en route to Lamongan in ballast when it sprung a leak in the engine room. The crew was unable to stop the flooding and the cargo vessel began sinking by the stern. All 14 crew were able to abandon ship into the vessel’s life raft. The crew were later rescued by local fisherman. No reports of injuries. Reports state the Nagoya finally sunk by the stern and rests in shallow waters. No further details reported.