Indonesian authorities were continuing to search on Monday for a vessel reported missing with 16 seafarers on board.

Contact was lost with the 3,900-dwt Mutia Ladjoni (built 1983) on Friday after it went adrift off the Aru Islands.

The ship is known to have departed from Timika in Papua province on 9 November. It was bound for Bontang port in East Kalimantan.

The Kabartimur website cited the head of the national search and rescue (SAR) agency Basarnas, named Mustari, as saying the search operation was coordinated with the local SAR team.

“We are helping to find the ship in the waters of Dobo (Aru Sea),” said Mustari.

The ship is operated by Pelayaran Surya Bintang Timur of Surabaya.

The company has been contacted for further information.

The cargo vessel is classed by Biro Klasifikasi Indonesia.

There are no port state control detentions on its record.

Pelayaran Surya Bintang Timur was established in 1997 and operates intra-Asia routes on a tramp and liner basis.

Its website says it has a fleet of six cargo vessels of between 2,000 and 7,000 dwt.

On 2 November, a seafarer was lost from the 8,000-dwt cargo ship Azov Confidence (built 2007) shortly after it left the port of Samsun in Turkey, bound for the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiysk.

A Ukrainian mechanic on the Marshall Islands-flag vessel is said to have become engulfed in flames and jumped into the sea, according to the Deniz Haber website.