KUALA LUMPUR, (Nov 19) — The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) hydrography ship, KD Perantau, which was undergoing maintenance, sank last night after springing a leak at the Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd in Lumut, Perak.
No one was injured in the 11.17pm incident.
In a statement issued here today, the RMN said it was complementing efforts by the shipyard to salvage the ship.
It said KD Perantau, which was used for hydrographic surveying and meteorological and oceanographic observation was undergoing routine refitting work beginning Nov 10, and was expected to be returned to the RMN on Aug 10, next year.
“Before it sank, almost all portable equipment such as motor, pump and measuring equipment had been removed from the vessel to enable it to undergo the refit.
“Nonetheless, the RMN will set up a board of inquiry to identify the cause of the incident,” it added.
KD Perantau, which was built at the Hong Leong-Lursen Shipyard in Penang, was commissioned on Oct 12, 1998. — BERNAMA