Container ship catches fire in Indonesian port

LIT Enterprice

A container ship caught on fire arriving to the a port in Surabaya on the island of Java, Indonesia.

The Indonesian-flagged LIT Enterprise boxship caught fire while docking at South Jamrud Pier, Tanjung Perak Port.

Crew on the ship evacuated safely. A total of 19 crew including the captain departed the vessel.

The 4,525 dwt vessel was arriving in Surabaya on 13 October carrying 220 empty containers and agricultural produce from East Nusa Tenggara Province (NTT).

Head of Maritime Safety Department of Tanjung Perak Surabaya Utama Municipality Miftakhul Huda told local media that the container ship Lit Enterprise departed from Atapupu Port, NTT.

A vibration was suspected to have been coming from the engine room during the backup process when it was approaching Selatan Pier.

The Engine Room Chief had decided to shut down the main engine, however it was not known that a fire had occurred at the time.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation; but initial suspicions are of a short-circuiting of the electrical panel from the location of the engine room.

The ship had been anchored in the waters of Tanjung Perak Surabaya since Sunday 9 October.

Huda told local media that the ship was fit to sail when departing from Atapupu Port.

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