Posted on September 12, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The mooring ship, PMB VI sank as a result of a collision that occurred off the coast of Indonesia during the evening hours of the September the 10th.
The incident occurred at approximately 19:20 hours, in the waters off Belawan, North Sumatra, some 8 nautical miles east of Belawan Harbor.
The crew had just finished unloading their cargo onto the Indonesian-flagged Tanker, MT ENDURO.
They were attempting to sail away from the vessel when the weather took a turn for the worse, and a massive wave caused the ship to smash against the hull of the Enduro.
As a result of the collision, the vessel capsized; three crewmen managed to jump into the water, but unfortunately, the Captain found himself trapped inside the cabin.
The Captain, 52-year-old Rudi Prayoga died during the capsizing. Thankfully, the remaining three crewmembers of the PMB VI were successfully rescued and are considered to be in good health.
The three sailors, Nanda Armanda (28), Ahmad Gufroni (36) and Ades Pranata Sitepu (22), were taken to the Komang Navy Hospital in Belawan.
The Indonesian Navy and the Belawan Port Authority have both started an investigation into the event in order to ascertain the exact cause of the accident.
PMB VI is owned by Pertamina’s Marketing Operation Region (MOR).