Passenger ferry Bukit Raya grounded at Pontianak approaches

Passenger ferry Bukit RayaThe ferry Bukit Raya with 1636 passengers on board, grounded at Pontianak approaches on 7 nautical miles off Jungkat, Indonesia. The vessel was en route from Surabaya to Pontianak, but grounded into a sandbank, due to low water level. The passenger ferry Bukit Raya remained afloat and stable, without damages. The crew was unable to refloat the ship and requested assistance from the local authorities. It was estimated that water levels into the fairway are low and insufficient for docking, so port authorities started transfering the people from the ferry with boats. During the night more than 600 passengers were evacuated from the vessel and taken to Pontianak. The people transfer continue.

The ferry remain stuck into the sandy shallow and will be refloated after full inspection and end of people transfer. According to preliminary information, the ship did not suffered sufficient damages after grounding. There are no injured passengers and no water pollution.

The passenger ferry Bukit Raya (IMO: 9032173) has overall length of 100.00 m, moulded beam of 18.30 m and maximum draft of 6.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 1,408 DWT and the gross tonnage is 6,022 GRT. The ferry was built in 1994 by Mayer Neptun Papenburg shipyard in Germany. The opwner and operator of the passenger vessel is Indonesian government and manager is Nasional Indonesia Persero.