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Three year sentence sought for ferry captain

Ferry sinks off Java coast

spacer 18 January 2007 - Prosecutors in Indonesia want three years in jail for the captain of the ferry that sank off the coast of northern Java last years, an accident in which over 300 people died. State prosecutors said that Wiratno Cendanawasih, 53, who was captain at the ill-fated Senopati Nusantara at the time of the accident, was guilty of negligence leading to the deaths.

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Location map and file photo of 'Senopati Nusantara'

Map of Indonesia showing the area in which a ferry carrying more than 500 people sank. Indonesian fishermen and search and rescue teams have found around 200 survivors as ships continued to look for some 400 people still missing after a ferry sank off the coast of Java. (AFP Graphic)
Map of Indonesia showing the area in which a ferry carrying more than 500 people sank. Indonesian fishermen and search and rescue teams have found around 200 survivors as ships continued to look for some 400 people still missing after a ferry sank off the coast of Java. (AFP Graphic)

An undated picture shows the ferry Senopati Nusantara which sank in Indonesia December 30, 2006. The ferry with at least 600 aboard sank during a stormy night-time voyage as it travelled between Borneo and Java islands, officials said on Saturday.  (Indonesian Department of Transportation)
An undated picture shows the ferry Senopati Nusantara which sank in Indonesia December 30, 2006. The ferry with at least 600 aboard sank during a stormy night-time voyage as it travelled between Borneo and Java islands, officials said on Saturday. (Indonesian Department of Transportation)


About 'Senopati Nusantara'
Built in 1990 and revised for the last time in 2006, the Senopati Nusantara was an Indonesian ferry that sank in a storm on December 30, 2006. The ship is thought to have sunk about 40 km off Mandalika Island, about 300 km north-east of the capital, Jakarta. At least 500 people are feared to have drowned. About 177 people have been accounted for, reports say, with many survivors sheltering on life rafts, smaller vessels or nearby islands because of the bad weather.

The ship was travelling from the port of Kumai on the island of Borneo to Semarang on the main island of Java. It was built in 1990, and its name means "Archipelago Commander". A local police chief said the ship had only 200 listed passengers but most reports say the real number aboard the vessel was more than double that. Initial reports claimed as many as eight hundred were onboard although this was later lowered to around 628 including 57 crew. The ship was licensed to have 850 passengers and crew aboard.


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