STRANDED INDONESIAN VESSEL TO BE REMOVED FROM MYANMAR WATERS: OFFICIAL

YANGON, Myanmar Sept 7 (NNN-Bernama) — The empty Indonesian vessel stranded in Myanmar waters will be removed and dealt with in accordance with law, Xinhua news agency reported, citing Myanmar News Agency.

The crew of the tugboat called Independence who were towing the vessel are being questioned in Kawthaung, Kayin state to determine if the incident was intentional or accidental, an official of the Marine Administration Department said.

The outcome of the questioning will be submitted to the Office of the Union Attorney General for further action.

The container vessel SAM Ratulangi PD was found mysteriously grounded by local fishermen near the estuary of Sittoung River, 11.2 km from the Thamaseikta village in Thongwa township, southern Yangon with no sailors and goods on it on Aug 28.

The vessel extends as 177.35 metres with a width of 27.91 metres weighing 26,510 tonnes.

A salvage company called Smith initially informed the Myanmar Port Authority that the vessel was not destined for Myanmar but was being towed to Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian Embassy in Myanmar has contacted the department to arrange a meeting with the Indonesian crew of the Independence.

Moreover, the Singapore-based insurance company of the vessel First Capital will send a team of experts to Myanmar on Friday.

Source: NAM News Network