UPDATE: Tanker missing in Java sea turned into mystery

Jan 8 UPDATE: Indonesia still searching for missing tanker NAMSE BANGDZOD, but no trace yet found. Tanker’s AIS track on Marinetraffic.com is a mystery too, it disappeared after a hectic track, same day as it appeared, on Jan 7. Tanker according to this track, was already on Jakarta anchorage, but in reality, she wasn’t. Indonesian authorities know about this mysterious track, but can’t yet explain it. One thing is certain for now – tanker is still missing, with no traces of disaster, or oil leaks, found along her scheduled route from southern Kalimantan to Jakarta.

Jan 7: Product tanker NAMSE BANGDZOD on Jan 7 was declared missing, by Indonesian Maritime Authorities, since Dec 28. Tanker with 11 crew, loaded with palm oil, left Sampit, southern Kalimantan, bound for Jakarta, exact date unknown. Contacts lost since Dec 28, she’s operated by Surabaya Shipping Lines. Large-scale search across Java sea didn’t yield any results yet, according to officials.
Strange thing is, ship’s AIS re-emerged on Marinetraffic.com on Jan 6, though track is rather hectic and kind of, confused. All other available AIS don’t have ship’s records since Nov-Dec.

Product tanker NAMSE BANGDZOD, IMO 9078517, dwt 1950, built 1993, flag Indonesia, manager PETRONUSA NIAGA ENERGY PT, Surabaya (EQUASIS).



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