Engineers, crew working to get MV Kum Jin seaworthy again, says LPK

SHAH ALAM: Engineers, along with the crew of MV Kum Jin, have re-boarded the cargo ship on Monday (July 8) to re-stabilise the vessel and carry out repair work.

The Klang Port Authority (LPK) said in a statement that two additional vessels have been sent to assist with the repair and recovery operations and to be ready in case of any emergency.

"Vessels in the vicinity have been warned to stay away from the vessel in trouble while the authorities continue to monitor the repair work and provide assistance if needed," the statement read.

LPK had earlier confirmed that the ship was still afloat, contrary to previous media reports that it had sunk.

LPK explained that the 70m MV Kum Jin left Port Klang with a load of steel and was bound for Kuching at 10pm on July 7.

Around 3am the next day (July 8), the ship, which had reached the area outside the port limits, reported engine problems and re-entered the port's waters, requesting permission to anchor.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and the Malaysian Marine Department responded immediately to the distress call by sending two vessels to assist.

At around 5am, the vessel was reported to be unstable due to bad weather and likely to sink. The crew was evacuated and brought ashore by an MMEA patrol vessel. - Bernama

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