The Marcopolo 188 barge has almost sunk in the waters of Karimun Regency, Riau Islands (Indonesia) leaving 12 containers floating in the sea.
The incident occurred in the early hours of 26 May. The barge was heading to Singapore from the Perawang Siak Container Terminal in Pekanbaru, pulled by the Indonesian-flagged Tug Boat Mega Daya 43.
According to the Head of Tanjungpinang National SAR Agency Office, Slamet Riyadi, the barge was suddenly hit by strong wind and was tilted 60 degrees as a result.
A dozen of containers have fallen into the sea following the incident.
Riyadi confirmed that the barge has been moved and is currently anchoring in the waters of Karimun Anak.
There have been no casualties reported, all eight crew members have been brought to safety. Riyadi reported that a joint search and rescue team consisting of Basarnas, Navy, Polair, and KPLP has been deployed to evacuate the eight crew members.