Major gas leak: bulk carrier suspect in breaking underwater pipeline

Underwater gas pipeline, operated by PT CNOOC Indonesia, broke up near Pulau Panjang Island, Banten Province, northwest of Jakarta, Indonesia, on Jul 9, and caused major gas leak, which made a big bubble on the surface. Navigation near gas leak site was restricted. As of morning Jul 10, restrictions are still valid, but it is not clear if gas leak was stopped, or stil goes on. Authorities suspect pipeline was ripped by anchor of one of the ships, anchored nearby. As of morning Jul 10, main suspect is Indonesia bulk carrier LUMOSO RAYA, closest to damaged pipeline. Investigation under way. Bulk carrier is loaded with coal.

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