Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Ministry Encourages Tourism Sea Routes

Illustration. (Antara)
Jakarta, (Antara Sumbar) - The Ministry of Tourism is encourageing the realization of tourism cruise routes to anticipate the case of MV Caledonian Sky which damaged the reefs in Raja Ampat, West Papua province.

"We are encouraging all sides to make a cruise route map to anticipate such incident," Deputy Assistant for Southeast Asia Market Development at the Ministry, Rizky Handayani, said here on Thursday (March 16).

Rizky said the MV Caledonian Sky case occurred due to carelessness of the ship's captain who had miscalculated the tide.

"Until now there has been no special tourism route for cruise ships in Indonesia's waters," Rizky said, adding that yet, there are lines that should not be passed by ships without permission.

"The tourism map will show conditions along the sea route, including the tide and the location of the reefs," Rizky noted.

Regarding the MV Caledonia Sky case, Indonesia will continue to campaign for the world to support the country.

The damages of coral reefs in Papua should be dealt with  not only by Indonesia but also by other countries, Rizky said. (*)

Editor: Vicha Faradika

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