Indonesian ferry KMP Jambo IX in distress after mechanical failure in Bali Strait

KMP Jambo IXThe Indonesian ferry KMP Jambo IX suffered propulsion failure during bad weather in Bali Strait. The vessel was on regular service on Ketapang-Gilimanuk line, carrying 20 trucks and 44 passengers on board, but half hour before arriving at the Port of Ketapang experienced problems at the propeller and suffered full blackout. The weather in vicinity was bad and the heavy seas hit the ship, causing shifting of a truck and increasing list of the ferry. The people on board panicked and put on life jackets. The accident was reported to local authorities and luckily at the area were two other ferries – KMP Trisna Dwitya and KMP Bontang, which assisted of the troubled vessel.

Later the Indonesian ferry KMP Jambo IX successfully docked at Port of Ketapang, where the vehicles and passengers were disembarked. The exact circumstances around salvage were unclear, but local authorities initiated investigation.

There were no reported injuries, but the material losses due to the accident is estimated to reach tens of millions of rupiah considering the truckload that crashed on the deck of the ship overwrite a pickup car that was in the vicinity.

“While that’s all the data we’ve got, we’re still waiting for the results of the examination. KMP Jambo IX is now in Ketapang for improvement and there were no casualties in the incident”, said representative of local authorities Ni Komang Yuliani to local media.

The Indonesian ferry KMP Jambo IX (IMO: 9881940) has overall length of 63.00 m, moulded beam of 15.00 m and maximum draft of 3.50 m. The vessel is operating on regular service on Ketapang-Gilimanuk line.