Indonesian tsunami grounds several ships

The aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Indonesia. Credit: Getty Images
The aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Indonesia. Credit: Getty Images

A container ship was among at least three vessels that are known to have run aground in the tsunami that hit the Indonesian coast of Sulawesi on 28 September.

Indonesian feeder operator PT Meratus Line’s Meratus Kendari 1, a 599 teu ship, was among the three vessels. It was on its way to Pantoloan when it was forced on to the beach in Donggala in Palu, after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake triggered the tsunami.

Meratus Kendari 1 was refloated on 29 September and is now moving slowly in the water.

A cargo ship was reported to have been beached and is now anchored. Its name has not been confirmed.

Ferry Sabuk Nusantara 39 also ran aground after being forced from its berth and remains beached.

As of 1 October, the death toll from the tsunami-earthquake has topped the 1,200 mark, with rescuers racing to reach victims trapped under rubble.