Tanker missing in Java sea – still no trace found
Jan 24 UPDATE: Already a month passed since tanker disappeared, and still no trace, no hint as to what fate befall NAMSE BANGDZOD. Search is still under way, with all Indonesian shipowners and ships being on alert. But still, nothing. Tanker can’t sink in minutes, like dry cargo ship in case of cargo shift and capsizing. This one couldn’t explode or be glutted by fire, either, considering its’ palm oil cargo. Also, major fire in Java sea couldn’t be overlooked, Java sea is too populated for that. So sudden instantaneous sinking without a trace is an unlikely event. Piracy? Piracy version still seems to be most likely explanation, though usually it takes days, 2 weeks at most, to rob tanker of its’ cargo and release her. Maybe “something went wrong”, in this case.
Jan 9 UPDATE: No traces of tanker found so far, Marinetraffic.com emergence and disappearance of ship’s AIS track is not the only one mysterious track recorded by AIS systems, there were others, said Indonesian officials. The main version explaining tanker’s disappearance, as of now, is piracy – 12-crew tanker could be hijacked, for the purpose of stealing expensive cargo of crude palm oil. Massive search is ongoing.
Jan 8 UPDATE: Indonesia still searching for missing tanker NAMSE BANGDZOD, but no trace yet found. Tanker’s AIS track on Marinetraffic.com is a mystery too, it disappeared after a hectic track, same day as it appeared, on Jan 7. Tanker according to this track, was already on Jakarta anchorage, but in reality, she wasn’t. Indonesian authorities know about this mysterious track, but can’t yet explain it. One thing is certain for now – tanker is still missing, with no traces of disaster, or oil leaks, found along her scheduled route from southern Kalimantan to Jakarta.
Jan 7: Product tanker NAMSE BANGDZOD on Jan 7 was declared missing, by Indonesian Maritime Authorities, since Dec 28. Tanker with 12 crew, loaded with palm oil, left Sampit, southern Kalimantan, bound for Jakarta, exact date unknown. Contacts lost since Dec 28, she’s operated by Surabaya Shipping Lines. Large-scale search across Java sea didn’t yield any results yet, according to officials.
Strange thing is, ship’s AIS re-emerged on Marinetraffic.com on Jan 6, though track is rather hectic and kind of, confused. All other available AIS don’t have ship’s records since Nov-Dec.
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