Local media report that the vessel was seen in the Halmahera Sea, north of Buru Island in Maluku.

Overall, the bulk carrier Nur Allya disappeared off east Indonesia in late August with 25 crewmembers onboard. The vessel was reportedly transferring nickel ore to Southeast Sulawesi province when it sent a distress signal. Yet, the connection was lost and the search and rescue operations commenced.

Following the disappearance of the vessel, Intercargo launched an alert according to which mariners should be extremely cautious when transmitting nickel ore. As the association commented 'We would like to stress the importance of adhering to the provisions in the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC Code) to ensure the safety of lives at sea and the safe transportation of dry bulk cargoes.'

In the days that followed, a lifeboat was found off Indonesia, while an oil sheen was also discovered in the area near Obi Island, eastern Indonesia.