The LPG carrier Amelia 1 caught fire in superstructure at Makassar Anchorage in Indonesia. The fire erupted in service room, but quickly spread to other cabins in superstructure. The crew of the burning vessel tried to extinguish the fire, but it quickly enlarged. The accident was immediately reported to local authorities and at the scene arrived nearby KN 234 SAR Antasena, which assisted with firefighting. The flames were extinguished and there were no reported injuries among the 13 crew, who were on board. Fortunately the during the fire the freighter Amelia 1 was empty, as otherwise the disaster might be larger. The local authorities’ patrol vessel remained at the site monitoring closely the situation in case the fire erupts again.
“A smoke was rising into the sky and we were able to ascertain if the ship on fire. So we quickly directed towards the ship”, said the Captain of the KN 234 SAR Antasena ship, Haris Supadi. “Because of the close enough distance we arrived quickly. The fire could be extinguished around 21:30 pm”, added he.
The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way. There were no reported injuries and water pollution.
According to the local authorities, the owner of the tanker is local person, named Ayong, who was also on board of the vessel during the accident. Fortunately he and other crew are alive and without injuries. The vessel was empty during the fire, but was regularly used for transportation of LPG.
The tanker Amelia 1 (IMO: 8608901) has overall length of 65.60 m, moulded beam of 11.00 m and maximum draft of 4.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 1,109 DWT and the gross tonnage is 979 GRT.