Malaysian navy ship KD Perantau sinking at Lumut base

KD Perantau listing heavily to port.

LUMUT - A Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) vessel has taken in a lot of water and is listing heavily to port in the Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) docks at the naval base here.

A navy spokesperson said KD Perantau, a hydrographic vessel, was undergoing refitting maintenance at dock when it became flooded on Tuesday at about 11.15pm.

"Efforts are being conducted to rescue the vessel from sinking.

"There have been no lives loss or reported injuries during the incident," he said Wednesday.

The KD Perantau was built at Limbungan Hong Leong-Lursen in Penang, which was commissioned on Oct 12 in 1998.

The vessel was handed over to Limbungan Boustead for the maintenance works on Nov 10 and was expected to be handed back over to the Navy on Aug 10 next year.

The spokesman said that all equipment on board of the vessel, including its motor, pumps and navigation equipment had been taken off the ship before the incident occurred.

"This is the procedure whenever a ship is undergoing refitting works.

"A board of inquiry will be set up to identify the cause of the incident," he added.

In a statement later, Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation Bhd, which operates BNS, said that while the vessel was still listing, further water ingress had been halted.

"BNS does not wish to speculate on the reasons for this incident. An engineering survey is underway to establish the exact causes.

"In conjunction with our colleagues in RMN, efforts to re-float the vessel are underway," it said, adding that further information would be provided in due course.