Posted on February 08, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A fire erupted onboard a ferry at approximately 18:45 LT in the evening of February the 7th, as the ship was transiting through the Sunda Strait, Indonesia.
The incident occurred while the ferry, BSP 1, was in the middle of its Sumatra -Java service.
The vessel was some 3 nautical miles off the Merak Besar island when the fire erupted.
Reportedly, the fire started in the engine room.
At the time of the incident, there were 196 passengers and 26 crew onboard the vessel.
Smoke soon started billowing from the engine room, frightening passengers onboard.
A call was made to evacuate the ship; passengers were told to put on lifejackets while nearby ferries and tugs attempted to support the ferry.
After the successful evacuation of everyone onboard, the BSP 1 managed to reach the port of Merak with the assistance of local tugs that had arrived at the scene.
At approximately 20:30 local time, the fire was reported to have been successfully extinguished.
There is limited information as to the cause of the fire, and the status of the evacuated passengers.