No oil spills after Fajar Baru 8 caught fire: authority

Sorong, W Papua The Sorong port authority in West Papua Province confirmed on Tuesday that no resulting oil pollution at sea occurred after the Motor Vessel KM Fajar Baru 8 got engulfed in flames on March 7.

“We did not observe oil spills in the waters after the incident occurred at the Sorong traditional port,” Head of the Sorong Port Authority Office Jece Julita Piris stated.

The port authority’s investigators had summoned 11 crew members of the ferry, including the skipper, for questioning to identify the cause of the fire at the ship, Piris remarked.

On the basis of preliminary results of the port authority’s investigation, cigarette butts might have caused the fire.

A comprehensive probe will later be conducted by the National Transportation Safety Commission’s (KNKT’s) team members expected to arrive shortly in Sorong, Piris revealed.

The ferry’s wreckage was towed to a state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina’s dockyard in Dokarim Island for repair.

This was promptly conducted so as to not disrupt activities of other vessels at the Sorong Port, he emphasized.

The KM Fajar Baru 8 is a ferry serving the Sorong-Raja Ampat route.

Source: Antara News