Bulk carrier with 25 crew and nickel ore lost in Banda sea, Indonesia

All contacts lost with bulk carrier NUR ALLYA since Aug 20, last known position was in Banda Arc N of Ambon, capital of Maluku province, Indonesia. Bulk carrier with 25 crew and cargo of nickel ore was en route from Weda island, North Maluku, to Morosi, southeast Sulawesi. SAR launched on Aug 25, there was no distress signal. Most probably, it was ore liquefying, causing capsizing and sinking.
Bulk carrier NUR ALLYA, IMO 9245237, dwt 52378, built 2002, flag Indonesia, owner PT Gurita Lintas Samudra.



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