Rescue efforts were complicated by the boat's manifest listing only 111 passengers, officials say.
Rescue efforts have been complicated by the boat's manifest listing only 111 passengers.
A fire started in the engine room and quickly spread to other parts of the ferry.
The ferry opened back in 1894 and was then the only way for railway passengers from Singapore or Kuala Lumpur to reach George Town.
As the Aidilfitri holiday season gets under way, the coast guard steps up efforts to prevent overloading.
The boat was carrying families and children going to a tourist complex in Mosul during the Kurdish New Year celebrations.
Penang hopes to have water taxis connecting Tanjung Tokong, Jelutong, George Town, Bayan Baru and Bayan Lepas on the island.
From quiet cafes to pine-covered hills and horse-drawn carriages, this idyllic island getaway is ideal for a quite weekend. Best of all - it's absolutely traffic-free.
The MV Nyerere may have been carrying as many as 200 passengers - double the ferry's capacity - when it capsized close to the pier on Ukara Island.
The boat was believed to be carrying nearly 150 passengers off the coast of Sulawesi province when it caught fire.
It is good to know that some of the simple pleasures of days gone by are still available in modern Hong Kong.
It will cater to 4,000 passengers from express buses, trains and ferries daily.
The number of passenger ferries will be increased at a cost of RM21 million.
This is being done to ease the burden of rural people, says Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg.
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow says it plans to work with Prasarana Malaysia Berhad on the project.
The South Korean government is liable for the botched rescue of more than 300 people, mostly schoolchildren, who drowned when their overloaded ferry sank.
The Seoul Central District Court awarded the next of kin of each deceased passenger from the Sewol ferry 200 million won, a further 40 million won for each of their parents, and smaller sums for other relatives.
Two tugboats come to the rescue and move 'Pulau Payar' to Butterworth terminal after 20-minute wait.
It was unclear how many people had been rescued, and television images showed dozens of passengers hanging on to the keeling vessel or bobbing in the water wearing life jackets.
The operation to find the ferry and retrieve the victims has faced numerous technical and logistical hurdles.
The ferry may have been carrying nearly five times the number of passengers it was designed for and dozens of motorcycles.
Sonar equipment detected an object -- measuring 20 metres by five metres -- that might be the overloaded boat which capsized and sank a week ago on Lake Toba, a picturesque tourist destination in Sumatra.
The hydrographic survey "identified" the ferry 450 metres (1,476 feet) deep in the water, not far from where it sank on Monday, said Nanang Henky Suharto, an executive director at PT Mahakarya Geo Survey, a firm involved in the search.
Search teams hope the equipment, on loan from Indonesia's navy, will help find the overloaded boat which sank Monday on Lake Toba, a picturesque tourist destination in Sumatra.
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