JOHOR BAHRU: The fate of the five crew members of the cargo ship MV Dai Cat 06 who were reported missing for the past 11 days continues to be a question mark as they have failed to be traced until now.
A cargo ship carrying a load of 527 pipe iron estimated to be worth RM726,000 was detected sending an ‘Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon’ (EPIRB) emergency signal in Indonesian waters, last night.
Director of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (Malaysian Maritime) Johor, Maritime First Admiral Nurul Hizam Zakaria said that the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) of the Republic of Indonesia will coordinate the search for the cargo ship MV Dai Cat 06 which is believed to have been spotted in the republic at a position of 30 nautical miles. northwest of the Ascendant.
He said, based on the information received by the Maritime Rescue Sub Center (MRSC) Johor Bahru from the Maritime Rescue Control Center (MRCC) Putrajaya, the vessel has not yet been located.
“Information received at 11 last night, the Basarnas of the Republic of Indonesia will coordinate the search for the cargo ship MV Dai Cat 06 based on information that the ship is likely to be in Indonesian waters.
“Until now there is no latest information on the discovery of the ship. We are still waiting for information from MRCC and Basarnas,” he said in a statement today.
Yesterday, the media reported that a cargo ship carrying a load of pipe iron had been reported missing for 10 days after departing from Kampung Acheh pier, Perak on December 23 and should have arrived in Kuching, Sarawak on December 31.
The disappearance of the ship was revealed after the ship’s agent filed a police report yesterday claiming that the 52 meter long ship disappeared from their radar.
Nurul Hizam said, the last location of the ship detected through the ‘Automatic Identification System’ (AIS) was on January 1 last in Indonesian waters at 0.2 nautical miles from the border waters of Johor.
The MV Dai Cat 06 was manned by five crew including three locals and two Indonesian crew aged between 20 and 57 years old. – MESSENGER
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