14 Mar '17, 10pm

Cruise ship crashes into coral reefs in Indonesia - The New Paper

Cruise ship crashes into coral reefs in Indonesia - The New Paper

SORONGA: British-owned cruise ship smashed into coral reefs, damaging a remote corner of Indonesia that is known as one of the world's most biodiverse marine habitats, researchers and officials said yesterday. Raja Ampat in eastern Indonesia has long been a top attraction for travellers, home to islands surrounded by a kaleidoscope of coral and fish. On March 4, the Caledonian Sky slammed into reefs at low tide around Kri, one of hundreds of small islands in Raja Ampat. The boat, which had 102 passengers and 79 crew, became grounded on the reefs and had to be refloated by a tug boat. The accident has damaged about 13,500 sq m of coral reefs, which could cost up to US$16.2 million (S$23 million) to restore, said Mr Ricardo Tapilatu, a marine researcher who headed a team assessing the impact. Mr Victor Nikijuluw, marine programme director at environmental group Conservation ...

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