Modern Mary Celeste – the mystery of tanker Galuh Pusaka, South China sea
Product tanker Arsenal (IMO 7620964) was reported by the owner as missing in South China sea near Anambas Archipelago, Indonesia, since June 17, probably hijacked. Vessel was en route from Vietnam. Later owner said that the loss of the contact was caused by communications equipment failure. Indonesian Navy launched search operation in the area near Anambas Archipelago, but instead of Arsenal, in the evening June 18 in position 03 49 15 N 106 33 20 E they stumbled upon Indonesia-flagged product tanker Galuh Pusaka, drifting with engine and navigational lights off, without crew and cargo, but with fresh provisions in the galley. Tanker was towed to Tarempa Navy Base, Indonesia. What happened to tanker and crew, is yet a mystery. Indonesian authorities suspect tanker to be a part of the piracy ring in the region, a vessel to load and carry away oil products from hijacked vessels. Last tanker’s AIS signal was recorded in 2010, maybe vessel was engaged in piracy activities for quite a time. On an Indonesian Navy photo derelict Galuh Pusaka.
Product tanker Galuh Pusaka, IMO 7511060, dwt 2500, built 1975, flag Indonesia, manager WARUNA NUSA SENTANA, Sumatra.