Ferry torn open

An Indonesian ferry has been severely damaged in a collision with a Chinese reefer.

The accident took place on the night of 3 May in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra, Indonesian media said.

The 373,776-cbf Qi Hang (built 1987) was in collision with the 760-passenger Marisa Nusantara (built 1976), which was hit in the starboard side.

The vessel, which was en route from Merak to Bakauheni, ended up with a gash measuring five metres by seven metres in its hull.

Some of the 75 passengers suffered minor injuries and some cars were damaged.

It managed to reached Bakauheni under its own power, however.

The reefer is operated by For-Shine International, while Prima Eksekutif owns the ferry.