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SHIP NAME: Selendang Ayu KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 2
source NTSB
type D
volume
material
dead 6
link http://www.ntsb.gov/publictn/2006/MAB0601.pdf


source CTX
type C
volume
material
dead 6
link

Panamax geared bulk carrier was fully loaded with soy beans, Seattle to Xiamen China. Initial problem was cracked cylinder liner in No 3 cylinder, after ship had passed thru Unimak Pass into the Bearing Sea. Ship was about 100 miles North of Dutch Harbor. Engine was a 11,542 hp MAN. Crew disconnected the No 3 and attempted to restart. Engine would not restart. This was blamed on lack of compression due to the poor condition of the piston rings. Decision was made to replace the rings in No 6 cylinder which requires pulling the piston. But weather was very bad and they had to abort this in mid-effort due to the ship motion.

Meanwhile the ship was drifting to the south. Several attempts were made to take the ship under tow, but all failed. The ship attempted to anchor as she drifted into shallower water, but this also failed, and the ship stranded on the north shore of Unalaska Island.

Most of the crew was taken off by helicopter prior to the grounding. As the helicopter lifted off with the last bunch, a wave broke over the ship and water was injested into the helicopters engines, which quit, dumping the helicopter into the water. Another helicopter was able to rescue the 3 man helicopter crew and 1 of the 7 ship crew men, but the other 6 were lost.

The ship subsequently broke in two creating a 1300 m3 bunker oil spill. Birds feasted on soy beans.