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The following You Tube Videos show the KRI Klewang Fire and aftermath.

Eyewitness Video that runs for about 15 mins. includes Fire Response activity and the collapse of side hulls.


News Report on the KRI Klewang fire. Includes Video of the scene of the aftermath of the KRI Klewang Fire. Report in Indonesian.


Miscellaneous News and Eyewitness Videos showing the fire from different angles.







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Jakarta Globe |  October 10, 2012

The makers of a cutting-edge Navy missile boat that was gutted by a blaze last month have stressed that stringent safety measures were built into the design of the vessel and that a combination of external factors were to blame for the fire.
In a letter to the Jakarta Globe, John Lundin, president of Lundin Industry Invest, said the designers of the KRI Klewang recognized that its carbon-fiber hull made it more susceptible to fire than steel-hulled vessels, and took the appropriate measures to mitigate the risk.
“High fire-risk zones on the vessel — which can include engine and auxiliary machinery spaces, galley, weapon locations, etc. — are thus treated with a significant degree of fire insulation, which removes the carbon composite materials from proximity to normally hot componentry — and in the event of an outbreak, fire,” he said.
He added that fire insulation for the KRI Klewang, built at Lundin’s shipyard in Banyuwangi, East Java, complied with International Maritime Organization Safety of Life at Sea conventions and International Classification Society directives.
This includes sheathing electrical switchboards in fireproof insulation and mounting them in fireproof casings, as well as water-cooling engine exhausts.
“There are further protections specifically associated with high fire-risk areas,” Lundin said.
“The machinery spaces can be hermetically sealed once fire is detected; all ventilation shafts have shutters that can be closed and watertight doors also prevent the flow of oxygen required to fuel a fire. Furthermore, all engine rooms were equipped with substantial fire suppression systems able to be activated remotely from the engine room space.”
When the fire, whose cause Lundin said was still being investigated, broke out on Sept. 28, the boat was docked for maintenance and calibration work in preparation for sea trials.
“In this condition, all ventilation hatches for the ship and engine rooms were open and maintenance crew were on board,” Lundin said.
“The presence of personnel in the engine room prevented the full shutdown of the engine room and discharge of automatic systems that would have suppressed the fire; to do so would have resulted in loss of life, because fire suppression gases will not sustain human respiration.”
He said that although the personnel almost managed to put out the fire, “loss of electrical power following the fault meant that these personnel were exposed to difficult conditions of nil lighting and high smoke levels, which forced them from the area for fear of incapacitation.”
He added that the crew managed to evacuate safely, but “was not trained to shut down ventilation shutters and hatches, nor to initiate remotely operated onboard fire suppression systems.”
“In this condition, the fire was able to propagate throughout the interior volume of the vessel,” Lundin said.
He added that the setback should not stop efforts to keep forging ahead with the latest naval technology.
“This ship offered tactical and operational advantages to Indonesia’s Navy that are simply not achievable with traditional shipbuilding materials, benefits that cannot be ignored in the future,” he said.

Original Article here

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A few weeks back the Indonesian Navy were cock a hoop over the launching of their “secret project”.

They, and the small shipyard in Indonesia that built her, seemed justifiably proud, as it seemed that they had stolen a march within the region with the launching of an advanced Trimaran from the design office of Lomocean Ltd of New Zealand. The ship was said to be built with composites and had a stealthly appearance. She was named the “KRI Klewang” but was not yet officially launched.

Well perhaps they should have kept it a secret a bit longer.

On the 28th September the KRI Klewang caught fire whilst undergoing fit out and comissioning by the builder. Here are a few photos of the fire.

It looks as if she was completely destroyed with only a burnt out shell left.

There are videos of the fire on You Tube here and if you are interested, of the launching  on You Tube here, and here.

It is a bit sad to see her burning with only a ramshackle fire response “team”, with no protective gear, and armed with a single hose,  and only being able to approach from downwind. They didnt have a chance.

There is also a distinct lack of a fire boat or some such other capability.  That said it doesn’t really look like a shipyard in any case.

Goodbye KRI Klewang, you were nice while you lasted.

It’s worthwhile noting that the KRI Klewang was the big sister of “Earthrace”, the boat that holds the record of the fastest trip around the world by a powerboat. Earthrace was renamed “Ady Gil” and now sits at the bottom of the Southern Ocean after being rammed by the Japanese Whalers vessel, the “Shonan Maru”, whilst sailing on a Sea Shepherd voyage, aka “Whale Wars”

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