An Indonesian passenger ship Silvia was caught on fire last night on the Sunda Strait, which connects the Java Sea to the Indian Ocean. A ship carrying 226 passengers from Tanjung Priok to Bangka Belitung caught fire early Tuesday at 3.30 a.m, Jakarta Police aquatic division head Adj. Sr. Comr. Edion said.
The fire was suspected to have started from the engine room. The flames were successfully extinguished by 5.10 a.m.
“We are still in the process of evacuating passengers,” said Edion.
Evacuation was done immediately at two points, in Pelni harbour and at the Tanjung Priok port.
This is the second time in two weeks a passenger ship has caught fire.
Previously, on Jan. 28, passenger ferry KM Laut Teduh 2 caught fire in the Sunda Strait, killing 16 people.