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Shipboard Fire Sinks Indonesian Liveaboard MSY WAOW

The beautiful Indonesian liveaboard MSY WAOW has sunk due to an onboard fire.

The vessel sank on the night of January 31, 2018, during a storm in Biak Harbor, according to

So far, reports indicate that a fire started in the engine room of the ship, leading to its sinking.

Fortunately, there are no reported fatalities or injuries. There were no guests on board during the incident, since the WAOW was between trips.

The WAOW was a relatively new vessel having entered service in 2012. She was a luxurious ship designed from the ground up with scuba diving charters in mind. Made from rare ironwood, with traditional carpentry and boat building methods, her design was inspired by traditional Indonesian cargo vessels.

The team behind the WAOW released a statement about the incident which expressed sadness about the loss of the ship, but also ended with a positive take about such a beautiful vessel:

“Finally, THANK YOU to all of you who have allowed us to realize and live our dream. Like diamonds the WAOW is, at least in our memory, eternal. But life goes on, with new opportunities for each of us: seize them and enjoy them.”

Check out a video of the beautiful WAOW below.

WAOW Indonesia - Misool & Triton Bay
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for


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