Posted on June 11, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Indonesian-flagged General cargo ship, MENTARI SELARAS caught on fire during the morning hours of June the 8th while leaving the port of Waingapu Port, Sumba Island, Indonesia.
The incident occurred at approximately 6:30 am in the morning, some 4 nautical miles from the port of Waingapu located in the Savu sea.
While the cause of the incident is not known as of yet, the fire reportedly started in the engine room of the vessel.
The crew of 17 seafarers aboard the vessel chose to remain on the ship during the fire.
A Search & Rescue team from the port of Waingapu, that comprised of the Indonesian Navy and Police, was sent to the scene in order to assist the crew with the firefighting efforts.
Thankfully, the fire was successfully put under control, and the crew were taken back to port.
We don’t currently know the extent of the damage, but the crew are all considered to be safe and in good health.
The Mentari Selaras had originally left the port Waingpapu and was headed for the port of Ende.