Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Environment Ministry to Take Over Raja Ampat Investigation

Jakarta Globe
March 17, 2017 | 6:11 pm
Fish are seen among the magnificent coral of Raja Ampat in West Papua, Indonesia, April 28, 2016. B1 Photo/Danung Arifin
Fish are seen among the magnificent coral of Raja Ampat in West Papua, Indonesia, April 28, 2016. B1 Photo/Danung Arifin

Jakarta. The Ministry of Environment and Forestry has taken over an investigation into the destroyed coral reefs off the shores of the Raja Ampat islands in West Papua after a British cruise ship ran aground earlier this month.

The Minister of Maritime Affairs, Susi Pudjiastuti, who had previously headed the investigation, handed the case over to the Environment Ministry on Thursday (16/03).

"The case will be handled by the Environment and Forestry Ministry and the Coordinating Maritime Ministry. We channeled our initial findings over to those ministries,” Susi said.

Meanwhile, the chief of staff of the Indonesian Navy, Adm. Ade Supandi, has ordered the main naval base near Raja Ampat to assist in providing security to the affected area.


Security monitoring will cover nearly 1,600 square meters of damaged coral reef beds caused by the British cruise ship Caledonian Sky.

Ade has also instructed Navy personnel to assist any related officials conducting investigations in the area.

"Even though it was not its intent, the cruise ship caused significant damage. I have instructed the nearby naval base to evaluate how the incident occurred," Ade said on Thursday.

"But it is clear that a state ministry will take charge. Whether they will decide to press charges or [apply] other measures, we will be provide any assistance needed," he added.

A preliminary investigation estimated that the cruise ship damaged nearly 1,600 square meters of coral reef at a diving site known as Crossover Reef, as the ship ran aground in shallow waters during low tide on March 4.

Experts involved in the investigation estimated that it will take years before the coral reefs begin to recover.

The central government will seek compensation of up to $1.92 million, according to the environmental science and conservation news and information website, Mongabay.

Watch Indonesia Highlights at 8 p.m. tonight on the Jakarta Globe News Channel and Facebook Live to find out more about the damaged coral reefs in Raja Ampat, West Papua.

Tags: Keywords:


News 4 hours ago

Access to Water Central in Prabowo-Gibran Campaign

Java Island, home to 56 percent of the population, holds a mere 4.5 percent of the national water reserves,
News 6 hours ago

Putin to Discuss Israel-Hamas War During Trip to Saudi Arabia, UAE

Putin will make the visit at a time when Russia wants to advance its role as a power broker in the conflict in the Middle East.
News 7 hours ago

House Confirms Appointment of 7 New Supreme Court Justices

The House’s Legal Affairs Commission dismissed the appointment of three ad hoc judges for the human rights tribunal.
Business 11 hours ago

United Tractors' Subsidiary Acquires 70% Stake in Nickel Companies Valued at Rp 3.22 Trillion

Danusa Tambang Nusantara (DTN), a subsidiary of United Tractors, has acquired a 70 percent stake in nickel companies SPR and SMA.
News 12 hours ago

SAR Team Discovers Two More Bodies at Mt. Marapi

A joint search and rescue (SAR) team has successfully located two more casualties following the eruption of Mount Marapi in West Sumatra.

Popular Tag

Opini Title