Ro-ro ship on fire, 26 crew rescued, Java sea VIDEO

Passenger ro-ro cargo ship BAHARI INDONESIA caught fire in the evening Jul 21 in Java sea north of Jakarta, while en route from Jakarta to Pontianak, western Kalimanta, Indonesia. The ship with 26 crew and 20 vehicles on board was soon engulfed in thick smoke, crew had to abandon BAHARI INDONESIA in lifeboats and probably rafts. The crew were rescued by nearby vessel KM SAMUDERA JAYA ABADI at around 0600 LT (UTC +7) Jul 22, all 26 seamen are reported to be safe. BAHARI INDONESIA understood to be drifting, she’s to be towed to port, probably Jakarta, according to official statement.
Passenger ro-ro cargo ship BAHARI INDONESIA, IMO 8661343, GT 2298, built 1995, flag Indonesia, manager FAJAR BAHARI NUSANTARA PT.



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