According to sources, the Indonesian-flagged ship was carrying 20 people onboard, crew and passengers, and was heading to Bintan Islands, from Tanjung Pinan province.

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When the fire broke out, the crewmembers were unable to control it. As a result, all people onboard abandoned the ship, and were later rescued by fishermen.

At the time of the incident, "Michael Putra had a cargo of 17 vehicles, 36 motorbikes and general goods. The latest information reports that the vessel is adrift and still burning.