Cargo ship reported missing, last signal detected in Indonesian waters

JOHOR BAHRU: The cargo ship, MV Dai Cat 06, which was reported missing for the past 10 days, was spotted in Indonesian waters at a position 30 nautical miles northwest of Pemangkat, last night.

The Malaysian-registered cargo ship carrying a load of 527 pipe iron estimated to be worth RM726,000 departed from Kampung Aceh Jetty, Perak on December 23 and was supposed to arrive in Kuching, Sarawak on December 31.

Director of Maritime Malaysia Johor, Maritime First Admiral Nurul Hizam Zakaria said, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (Malaysian Maritime) Johor through the ‘Maritime Rescue Sub Centre’ (MRSC) Johor Bahru received information from MRSC Langkawi at 5.13pm yesterday about the loss of the ship.

The information was received following a police report made at 12.11pm yesterday by the ship’s agent who claimed that the 52 meter long ship disappeared from their radar.

He said, the last location of this ship detected through the ‘Automatic Identification System’ (AIS) was on January 1 last in Indonesian waters, 0.2 nautical miles from the border waters of the state of Johor.

“The latest information obtained at 10.42pm yesterday, an ‘Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon’ (EPIRB) signal was detected from the cargo ship MV Dai Cat 06 at a position 30 nautical miles northwest of Pemangkat.

“This distress signal was detected by the ‘Malaysia Mission Control Centre’ (MYMCC) and the ‘Police Operation Command Centre’ (POCC) Singapore.

“As soon as the information was obtained, Maritime Malaysia Johor contacted the Indonesian authorities to help locate the vessel,” he said in a press conference at the Maritime Malaysia Johor headquarters, here today.

MV Dai Cat 06 is operated by three local crew and two Indonesian crew aged between 20 and 57 years old.

So far the party has not yet received a response from the Indonesian authorities regarding the loss of the cargo ship.

He is ready to move Malaysian Maritime assets to the location if needed and inform the Malaysian Maritime Office Kuching, Sarawak about the development.

He refused to make any speculations about the fate of the ship, whether it was hijacked by pirates or faced with technical problems due to weather factors.

“We don’t want to make any assumptions about what happened without getting a clear picture or information. This is because in the sea all kinds of things can happen.” he said while informing that MRSC Johor Bahru also sent NAVTEX to request assistance from the maritime community if they had information about the missing ship.

The maritime community is asked to contact the Johor Maritime Operations Center at 07-2199401 if they have any information. – MESSENGER

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