Cargo ship sank in Flores sea, 18 crew rescued

General cargo ship PERMATA ASIA sank on May 7 north of Sangeang island, Bima, West Nusa Tenggara, Lesser Sunda islands, Indonesia. The loaded ship with cement reported water ingress in engine room and headed for Sangeang island, probably in hope of running aground to avoid sinking. Some 2 nm off northern coast of island, engine died, and the ship sank. All 18 crew rescued, all are safe.
General cargo ship PERMATA ASIA, IMO 9036545, dwt 1398, built 1992, flag Indonesia, manager SINAR ERA ASIA PT.

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