The general cargo ship KM Dewaruci Perkasa sank after collision at anchorage off Gresik, Indonesia. The vessel was leaving the port with 100 tons of cement on board and trying to pass between the anchored vessels KM Dolphin Nusantara 2 and KM Trijaya, but due to strong current the helmsman lost control and collided with them. The general cargo ship KM Dewaruci Perkasa suffered breaches and following the water ingress capsized and sank. Nine from the crew on board were rescued, but another four went missing. The accident was reported to local authorities and was organized search and rescue operation. At the scene of the capsized ship were dispatched two rescue ships and helicopter, which will examine the search area.
The rescued seamen were evacuated to the shore and hospitalized for medical treatment.
“Nine of us, including me, had survived after receiving aid and evacuated by Police Satpolair Gresik”, said helmsman of KM Dewaruci Perkasa, Arif Adi Prawira. “Hopefully, all four of our colleagues who have not been found to date, can be immediately found safe and sound”, added he in an interview to local media.
The local authorities started investigation for the circumstances around collision and responsible for the accident. There is no report about water pollution, but area around capsized vessel is monitored for oil leaks.
The general cargo ship KM Dewaruci Perkasa (IMO: 8624967) has overall length of 54.20 m, moulded beam of 9.00 m and maximum draft of 4.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 688 DWT and the gross tonnage is 588 GRT. The general cargo ship KM Dewaruci Perkasa was built in 1985 by Shin Nippon Jukogyo in their shipyard in Osakikamijima, Japan. The freighter is operated by the Indonesian company Buton Mamiri Sejati.
The general cargo ship KM Dolphin Nusantara 2 (IMO: 9114012) was built in 1995 by Murakami Shipbuilding in Sanmu, Japan. The deadweight of the vessel is 1,300 DWT and the gross tonnage 422 GRT.