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Government Monitors Raja Ampat Coral Reef Compensation Payment
Monday, 20 March, 2017 | 19:36 WIB
Government Monitors Raja Ampat Coral Reef Compensation Payment

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Following the coral reef incident involving the Bahamian-flagged Caledonian Sky cruise ship in Raja Ampat, the Forestry and Environment Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said that state officials have prepared documents to fight for a decent amount of compensation. As previously reported, the ship's owner is planning to pay for compensation through insurance services.

"Usually, insurance companies always try to find an argument to reduce the amount of damages [they should pay]," Siti said on Monday, March 20, 2017.

The Indonesian Government has confirmed that they would take legal steps in dealing with the incident. Currently, the government is said to focus on demanding for a compensation payment.

Director General of Pollution Control and Environmental Degradation Karliansyah said that the government is attempting to include a number of elements in the compensation calculation becuase the damage suffered by coral reefs in Raja Ampat will affect local residents.

"We have a team that is currently calculating [the damages]. Our friends from the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs, Fishery and Maritime Affairs, and the Ministry of Tourism are currently on location," Karliansyah said.

ISTMAN M.P



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