Bulk carrier sinks in Bali Sea, one dead and seven missing

Survivors are being searched for by Indonesian search and rescue teams after bulk carrier Liberty 1 (IMO 8876730) sank north of Bali on Saturday October 23rd.

Shortly after leaving the Port of Tanjung Perak, Surabaya, the Liberty 1 was hit by a sudden storm. The captain attempted to reverse course, but the ship listed seriously and began to sink. The 15-member crew launched two life rafts and abandoned ship into the sea.

On Monday afternoon, the LCT Dipasena Dua encountered one of the two liferafts and rescued six survivors, including the Captain. The chief officer remains missing. A sweep of the surrounding area was conducted, but the second liferaft was not found.

On Wednesday afternoon product tanker Seroja 01 came across two more crewmembers in the water, one of whom was alive, but the other was already dead.

Two Indonesian patrol ships were deployed to search for survivors. One of these, the Singa, located an extensive oil slick and a debris field about 25 nm to the south of the location of the sinking. The Arjuna 229 found several lifejackets in the area, but no additional crewmembers.

1977-built, 369 gt Indonesia-flagged, Liberty I is owned and managed by Dharma Ichtiar Indo Lines of Surabaya, Indonesia.