Posted on June 26, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Indonesian-flagged General Cargo Ship, TIRTA AMARTA sank in the early morning hours of June the 25th while transiting through the Java Sea.
The incident originally occurred on June the 23rd at approximately 05:00 am, some 120 nautical miles northwest of Surabaya, East Java.
The vessel had departed Gresik, Surabaya and was headed for Southern Kalimantan when a large wave caused the ship to start experiencing water ingress.
The crew tried to drain the water with the onboard diesel pumps, but it did not prove sufficient.
They attempted to save the vessel, struggling against the continuing water ingress for a bit over two days but eventually were forced to abandon ship.
The 16 crew members aboard the vessel proceeded to board the life rafts and evacuate the ship.
A Container Ship transiting through the region, the Hong Kong-flagged SEASPAN FRASER located the distressed crew and proceeded to pick them up.
The Indonesian Search and Rescue services reached the container ship and transported the crew to Gresik.
All crew members are reportedly safe and in good health.
They have been brought in for questioning in order to discover the exact cause behind the sinking of the Tirta Amarta.