The Jakarta Post
The National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) is still trying to locate a tanker, which reportedly disappeared between Sampit, Central Kalimantan, and Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta.
The Namse Bangdzod, which carried crude palm oil, had departed from Sampit on Dec. 27. However, it lost contact with the Sampit Port Authority Office (KSOP) somewhere around Karawang. The tanker was manned by its captain and 11 crew members.
Sampit KSOP’s head of sailing patrol and security, Baslan Damang, said it had broadcasted the tanker’s manifest via marine radio.
“We hope that sailors or fishermen will spot the tanker and report back to us,” he said on Tuesday.
According to him, the port authority office is cooperating with Basarnas to find the tanker. A search has been conducted from Muara Angke to Tanjung Priok.
Baslan refused to speculate on why the tanker went missing.
“We are still waiting for updates on the tanker’s condition, so please refrain from speculating that it had been hijacked,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Indonesian Palm Oil Producers Association (GAPKI) recorded that the local palm oil industry export performance had declined throughout November last year, when the price decreased to US$473.60 per metric ton. (dpk/swd)