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No Injuries as Inter-island Ferry from Bali to Java Catches Fire


The engine of an inter-island passenger ship the KMP Renny II caught fire during a crossing of the Bali Straits from Gilimanuk, Bali to Ketapang, East Java on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

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According to the State News Agency Antara, the ship was carrying 57 passengers, 15 two-wheeled vehicles and 11 four-wheeled vehicles – all of which were transferred to other ships at Ketapang.

There was no loss of life resulting from the incident on board the ship.

The operational manager of the State-owned company River and Inter-Island Transport Company (ASDP), Saharudin Kotto reported over the telephone: “The Passenger ship Renny II did not burn. There was only smoke from the engine room and authorities are still investigating the cause of the smoke.”

Sahrudin confirmed that there were no casualties in the emergency that necessitated the evacuation of the to another vessel. The displaced passengers were brought to the VIP room at the Ketapang Port in Banyuwangi, East Java.

“We have sent two ships to tow the Renny to Ketapang in order to keep the the busy seaway between Bali and East Java clear and open,” Sahrudin explained.

Observers at the scene said the large amount of smoke pouring from the ship’s engine room and the engine’s subsequent failure caused panic to the passengers on board the Renny II.

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