Marine safety investigations & reports

Technical assistance to the Indonesian NTSC in the analysis of voyage data recorder (VDR) data from the MT Norgas Cathinka, following collision with ferry Bahuga Jaya, 26 September 2012

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


At about 0444 on 26 September 2012, the 104.5 m LPG tanker MT Norgas Cathinka collided with the 96 m ferry Bahuga Jaya in Sundra Strait, Indonesia. The Bahuga Jaya sank as a result of the collision, with the reported loss of 8 lives.

The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) is responsible for investigating this occurrence. The NTSC requested assistance from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) in the replay, display and analysis of voyage data recorder (VDR) data from the MT Norgas Cathinka. To assist the NTSC and provide protection of the recorded data and analyses, the ATSB initiated an External Investigation under the provisions of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

For further information in relation to the investigation of this accident, please refer to the NTSC.

National Transportation Safety Committee
Ministry Of Transportation Republic Of Indonesia
Transportation Building 3rd Floor
Jalan Medan Merdeka Timur No. 5
Jakarta Pusat 10110

Phone  :  +62 21 384 7601
Email    :


General details
Date: 26 September 2012   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0444 WIB (UTC+7 hours)   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Sundra Strait, Indonesia    
State: International    
Release date: 29 April 2013   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Vessel details

Vessel details
Vessel MT Norgas Cathinka / Bahuga Jaya  
Flag Singapore / Indonesia  
IMO 9370654 / 7206392  
Type of operation LPG Tanker / Ferry  
Damage to vessel Destroyed  
Last update 03 April 2020