Posted on August 26, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

The Indonesian-flagged Bulk Carrier, Nur Allya is feared to have capsized after her crew sent out a distress call on August the 25th.

The incident occurred off eastern Indonesia, in the waters off Buru island. It had originally sailed from Weda Island, North Maluku and was bound for Halmahera Island in Southeastern Sulawesi, Indonesia. 

The carrier is crewed by 25 people and has been carrying a shipment of nickel.

There are reports that the distress call and subsequent incident might have involved ore liquefaction, which could potentially have led to the vessel sinking. 

"The phenomenon is triggered by an increase in water pressure that makes solid bulk cargoes (granular materials that are loaded directly into a ship’s hold) turn from a solid-state into a liquid state, causing a ship to tilt and potentially capsize. It can occur when cargo is loaded into the hold – this often involves a fall from significant heights, or when it is exposed to agitation by the ship’s engine vibration or movement of the waves." (Source:

As of writing, all attempts to contact & locate the vessel have failed. 

Upon receiving the distress call, the Ambon SAR immediately launched a Search & Rescue operation in order to determine the whereabouts of the missing vessel but has met with limited success. 

Originally the Search & Rescue mission had to be called off due to adverse weather conditions in the area, but it has since then continued its efforts, as of Monday morning. 

The 52,400 dwt Nur Allya was built in 2002 and is owned by PT Gurita Lintas Samudra. 


Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic


Posted in Safety , Liquefaction , Search & Rescue , Operations , Indonesia , South East Asia

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