Coral Reef Damage in Raja Ampat; Govt to Call British Ambassador

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan will call British Ambassador to Indonesia on Thursday, March 16, 2017, following the damaged coral reef in Raja Ampat caused by a British-owned cruise liner, MV Caledonian Sky.

“I’ll call the ambassador tomorrow,” Luhut said at his office in Jakarta, Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

He said a regulation in Britain sets a severe sanction over a violation causing a damage in the sea done by seamen or ship’s captains.

Luhut added his office will send a team to investigate the severely damaged coral reef caused by a ship which ran aground at low tide in the waters around the Island Waigeo 4 on March 4, 2017.

Read: Govt Forms Team to Handle Coral Reef Damage in Raja Ampat

The Indonesian government has formed an integrated team from several institutions such as Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs, Marine Affairs and Fishery Ministry, Environment and Forestry Ministry, Transportation Ministry, Tourism Ministry, Legal and human Rights Ministry, Attorney General, and National Police as well as the regional government.

“We’ll send a team there tomorrow, we’d like to know,” he said. Luhut stated his office will investigate on how did the 4,200 GT (gross tonnage) and 90-meter length cruise ship could enter the area.

Read: Agreement Reached over Destroyed Raja Ampat Coral Reefs

The ship has damage the heart of Raja Ampat and destroyed the exotic corals.

“I heard the ship has several times bringing tourists touring the area. That’s forbidden, especially at a low tide. We’ll investigate it further.”

He added that his office will evaluate the regional and national regulations that have possibly caused the incident.




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