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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

M’sian cargo ship goes missing for 10 days in Indonesia waters

NewsM'sian cargo ship goes missing for 10 days in Indonesia waters

Malaysian-registered cargo vessel MV Dai Cat 06 has been reported missing on 1 January. It was last seen in the waters of Indonesia.

According to Malay Mail, Johor Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director Maritime First Admiral Nurul Hizam Zakaria said the agency received information through the Johor Baru Maritime Rescue Sub Centre (MRSC) about the incident from its counterparts in Langkawi on Sunday (8 January).

“The information was received shortly after the missing ship’s agent lodged a police report on the vessel’s disappearance at 12.11 pm on Sunday.”

“The agent claimed that the MV Dai Cat 06 had left the Kampung Aceh jetty in Perak on 23 December and should have arrived in Kuching, Sarawak on 31 December,” he said.

Hizam then shared that according to the latest information, the authorities detected an emergency signal from the cargo ship located 30 nautical miles away from the north-west of Pemankat, Indonesia.

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The emergency signal was detected by the Malaysia Mission Control Centre (MYMCC) and Singapore’s Police Operation Command Centre (POCC).

Hizam said the cargo ship was operated by three local crew members and two Indonesian crew, all aged between 20 and 57.

“This cargo ship is carrying a load of 527 iron pipes worth RM726,205. The Putrajaya Maritime Rescue Control Centre (MRCC) has requested the Indonesian authorities to help locate MV Dai Cat 06,” he said.

“The Johor Bahru MRSC also sent a Navtex to request the assistance of the maritime community if they have information about the missing vessel.”

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No signs of mishap or debris in the sea

In another update, it was reported that efforts by Indonesian authorities to trace the cargo ship have not been successful.

Basarnas SAR Sintete Post coordinator in West Kalimantan, Zulhijah said a joint search operation between Indonesia Maritime, Bakamla, and the Indonesian navy was undertaken when they receive a distress alert 42 nautical miles from the SAR Sintete Post.

“About 9.50 am West Indonesia Time, we carried out a ‘distress alert’ review of Dai Cat 06 at coordinates 01° 33.300’ U-108° 26.00’ BT,” he said as reported by Pontianak Post.

However, when the team reached the location of the distress signal at 12.20 pm, the cargo ship could no longer detect it and did not find any signs of a marine mishap or debris in the area.

The cloudy weather and strong 1.2m-high waves at the coordinate point forced the team to return to the post at 4.30 pm, he said.

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