The passenger ferry Lambelu ran aground off Tanjung Pasir at Tarakan Island, Indonesia. The vessel with more than 1,000 passengers hardly stuck into a sandy shallow, while pass pontoon or some other obstacle, while maneuvering to dock at the port. After several attempts for refloating it was estimated that the ship will need of assistance by the local authorities. Due to safety reasons, was ordered all the passengers to be evacuated to a rescue boats and transfered to the shore. There were no reported injuries and the people were safely disembarked to the port, while the authorities started special survey and inspection of the grounded ferry Lambelu, before order refloating.
The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way. According to the witness evidences, the passenger ferry maneuvered and left the shipping way to avoid collision with pontoon or barge, which caused the grounding.
The passenger ferry Lambelu (IMO: 9124548) was en route from Nunukan to Tarakan in Indonesia. The vessel has overall length of 136.00 m, moulded beam of 23.70 m and maximum draft of 5.50 m. The deadweight of the ship is 3,685 DWT and the gross tonnage is 14,649 GRT. The passenger ferry Lambelu was built in 1997 by Meyer Neptun Papenburg shipyard in Germany and owned by the state of Indonesia.