Posted on November 12, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis
Fire erupted on the Indonesian-flagged Handysize Bulker, Golden Ocean, early on the morning of November 10th.
The vessel was en-route from Surabay to Bontang with a shipment of coal and was heading through Kalimantan, near the Makassar Strait, when a fire reportedly broke out in the engine room.
The vessel issued a distress signal and called on search and rescue authorities to evacuate the crew.
The fire was extinguished by several firefighting tugs that were dispatched to the scene, and the twenty-two crew members of Golden Ocean were safely evacuated.
No injuries were reported as a result of the incident, however, the fire managed to substantially damage the superstructure of the vessel.
The cause of the fire has yet to be determined, and the vessel is now under tow to the Port of Loktuan in order to further investigate the reason behind the incident.
The 47000-dwt vessel is operated by the Indonesian company Tanto Intim Line.