Iranian container ship Shahraz refloated off Indonesian coast

Iranian container ship Shahraz has been refloated off the Indonesian island of Batam some nine months after it grounded in a narrow strait in the region.

Indonesian maritime news website Spalsh247 said in a Tuesday report that Shahraz became seaworthy earlier in the day following significant repair works on the ship that involved many vessels.

The report said, however, that the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), which owns and operates the ship, need to carry out more repair work on the vessel before it can put it back to normal service.

Shahraz ran aground on May 12 near the island of Sambu, off Batam, after it reportedly collided with Indonesian-flagged bulker Samudra Sakti. The Iranian ship had been sailing from Malaysia’s Port Klang to China’s Shanghai.