Posted on April 20, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie
An investigation into an oil spill in Indonesia has found that Panama-flagged bulk carrier Ever Judger is likely to have caused the breakup of the pipe that led to the spill.
The incident occurred on the 31 March in East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
The 82000 dwt bulk carrier was the only vessel in the waters of Balikpapan Bay at the time.
The country navy's oceanography and Investigators believe Ever Judger's anchor ruptured the undersea pipe.
Specifically, Ever Judger’s anchor caused the rupture of the undersea pipe, Harjo Susmoro from the country navy’s oceanography and hydrography centre was cited as saying. When entering this Indonesian area with undersea pipes, ships are not allowed to drop anchors.
The oil leak spread at least 26 kilometres and coated large areas of the coast.
The spill and related fire in the bay that sent a thick cloud of smoke into the air claimed the lives of five people and saw the country declare a state of emergency.