In Dire Straits

No Casualties Reported as Bali-East Java Car and Passenger Ferry Burns
The KMP Labitra Adinda, a ferry operating between Ketapang in East Java and Gilimanuk in Bali, caught fire and burnt on Thursday, May 16, 2018.

As reported by, smoke began billowing from the ship’s engine room at 2:05 pm as the vessel approach the landing pier at Ketapang, East Java.

Quick work by port officials, Water Police and search and rescue officers  facilitated the evacuation of the ship and preventing any casualties as the result of the blaze. At the time of the fire, the ship was carrying 12 crew, 18 passengers, 10 trucks, one private sedan and 2 motorcycles.

The fire, which caused significant damage to the ferry and its cargo, burned for hours as a tugboat with a water cannon attempted to extinguish the fire. Eventually maneuvered to a dockside location, the vessel continued to smolder as efforts were made to tame the fire that had largely destroyed the ship and its manifest of vehicles on board.


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