Posted on November 26, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Indonesian-flagged Containership, MITRA SEJAHTERA IX sank during the morning hours of November the 23rd while transiting off the coast of Indonesia.
The incident occurred at approximately 07:00 CET, in the vicinity of southeast Sulawesi. The vessel had been en route from Surabaya to Kendari, Indonesia with over 147 containers on board when it started experiencing water ingress.
Due to the rapid flooding, the vessel started developing a list and proceeded to issue a distress call via VHF radio.
Shortly after issuing the distress call, the vessel capsized and sank. The crew members of the Sejahterera donned life jackets and dived into the water in an effort to escape the sinking vessel.
Thankfully the ship’s crew of 15 seafarers managed to be successfully rescued by the vessels, KM Sinar Harapan 78, KM Mentari Nusantara, and KM Mutiara Inda who had been operating in the area and promptly responded to the distress signal.
Following the sinking of the vessel, a large number of containers could be seen floating around the scene of the incident, posing a substantial navigational hazard to ships transiting through the area.
All the seafarers aboard the Mitra Sejahtera IX have gone through medical examination and appear to be in good health, having suffered no injuries during the incident.