Overloading and liquefaction of the nickel ore cargo were the two factors that led cargo ship Nur Allya IMO 9245237) to sink on August 20th 2019, according to the findings of Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC).
The NTSC said that the incident lasted for about half an hour and that the 25 crew did not have time to save themselves, going down with the ship and its cargo.
The NTSC said that the wreck of the ship lay on the seabed at an estimated depth of more than 500 metres. As a result it could not be salvaged. Local authorities apologized for the delay in completing the investigation.
Pinger locators had found the Nur Allya in October 2019, only six weeks after the incident. The vessel was in the Halmahera Sea, north of Buru Island in the Maluku area, which is at the heart of the Indonesian archipelago.
The ship had been carrying nickel ore from Weda island, North Maluku, to Morosi in Southeast Sulawesi.
In the aftermath of the Nur Allya disappearance international dry bulk shipping association Intercargo urged all shipping companies to exercise “extreme caution” when accepting for carriage nickel ore and other cargoes that had the potential to liquefy. “Moisture related cargo shifting and incidents on voyage, widely known as liquefaction, continue to be a major concern for dry bulk shipping,” Intercargo stated, noting that cargo liquefaction had accounted for more than 50% of all deaths onboard dry bulk vessels over the past decade.
At the time of the sinking the 2002-built, Indonesia-flagged, 30,089 gt Nur Allya was owned and managed by Gurita Lintas Samudera PT of Jakarta, Indonesia. It was entered with Standard Club (Standard Asia Division) on behalf of PT Gurita Lintas Samudera.