Pinger locators have identified the location of sunken cargo ship Nur Allya (IMO 9245237), which disappeared on August 20th. After a search over thousands of square kilometres, Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Commission located the vessel in the Halmahera Sea, north of Buru Island in the Maluku, in the heart of the Indonesian archipelago.
The vessel was carrying nickel ore when it sank, leading to speculation that the cause of the sinking was liquefaction.
Nur Allya’s last known position was in Banda Arc, North of Ambon. The ship had been travelling from Weda island, North Maluku, to Morosi in Southeast Sulawesi. There were 25 crew on board.
In the aftermath of the 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 have the potential to liquefy.
Cargo liquefaction has accounted for more than 50% of all deaths onboard dry bulk vessels over the past decade.
2002-built, Indonesia-flagged, 30,089 gt Nur Allya is owned and managed by Gurita Lintas Samudera PT of Jakarta, Indonesia. It is entered with Standard Club (Standard Asia Division on behalf of PT Gurita Lintas Samudera.