Search crews in Indonesia have located a lifeboat confirmed to be from the missing Nur Allya bulk carrier, marking the first and only confirmed sign of the vessel in the nearly two weeks since it went vanished.
The 52,000 dwt bulk carrier was last heard from on August 20 while transporting a cargo of Indonesian nickel ore off the northern coast of Buru Island.
The ship has 25 crew members.
An oil slick has also be located in the search area, but so far it has not been confirmed to be from the Nur Allya.
Indonesia’s National Search And Rescue Agency was expected to continue the search on Monday using a ping locator device, presumably to locate the ship’s voyage data recorder.
The incident has prompted INTERCARGO to once again urge shipowners, operators and crews to exercise extreme caution when loading nickel ore and other cargoes known to liquefy. According to INTERCARGO statistics, cargo failure and shifting (i.e. liquefaction) has been to blame for nine dry bulk vessel casualties from 2012 to 2018 resulting in the loss 101 lives. Among those, six involved bulk carriers carrying nickel ore from Indonesia.
The 189-meter Nur Allya is owned PT Gurita Lintas Samudra and was built in 2002.