Posted on December 11, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Indonesian-flagged Cargo Ship, SHIMPO 16 capsized during the evening hours of December the 10th after being involved in a collision in the port of Lewoleba, Indonesia.
The incident occurred at approximately 1740 hours, in the Lembata Regency, part of Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara region.
The Shimpo 16 had been unloading a cargo of cement at the time, when the Indonesian-flagged Cargo Ship, MAJU 8 crashed against the ship’s starboard side.
The bulbous bow of the Maju ruptured the hull of the Shimpo 16 and the vessel quickly began to experience considerable water ingress.
As a result, the vessel started listing to one side and quickly capsized, ending up at the bottom of the sea by 1800 hours.
The Captain of the Maju, alongside crew members from both vessels, has been taken to the local police station for interrogation, as part of the investigation into the incident.
The Maju, which by all accounts still remains seaworthy, has gone to anchor, some 70 metres away from the site of the collision.
According to the initial investigation, the Maju 8 experienced some measure of steering failure, which led to the unfortunate collision.
The 16 seafarers aboard the Shimpo 16 were all rescued followed the sinking of the vessel and remain in good health.