The Norgas Cathinka tanker collided head-on with the KMP Bahuga Jaya ferry in the Sunda Strait early on Sept. 26 following a turn by the tanker (in accordance with UN’s IMO [International Maritime Organization] rules
to avoid a vessel approaching from the right) and a sharp near u-turn by the ferry.
The tanker followed standard procedure — sailing a safe distance away to make sure its flammable cargo was safe, and immediately returned, only to be arrested by the police within less than two hours.
The ferry sank within 30 minutes with the loss of eight lives. Following the event the tanker has been examined as part of various investigations and its captain and chief officer, already named suspects, have undergone questioning while the parent company’s cooperating with the investigation.
Questions remain as to what caused the collision, which appears to be h...