Oil tanker running ashore damages nature reserve in central Indonesia

Source: Xinhua| 2019-01-04 20:38:39|Editor: xuxin
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JAKARTA, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Marine life in a nature reserve in water of central Indonesia has been destroyed after an oil tanker run aground in the area, a government official said on Friday.

The cargo ship Ocean Princess designed to carry crude oil in bulk capsized last week in the water off Aemoli village of Alor district in East Nusa Tenggara province, head of the provincial marine and fishery department Gamef Wurgiyano said.

A government team has found out damages of marine life in an area set aside for the purpose of preserving certain animals and plants in Pantar Strait and surrounding water, said Wurgiyanto.

"A team has assessed the impact of the damages on the marine life," he said in the province.

On the damages, the official said, the provincial administration demanded compensation to the ship in accordance to the law.

Still, there was no plan to sue or bring the case to judiciary, Wurgiyanto was quoted by state's news wire of Antara as saying in the province.

The Princess Ocean ship with Cook Island flag run aground when it was sailing from Timor Leste to Singapore.

A total of 19 people including a captain and crews are on board.

Indonesia, the world's largest archipelagic nation has a 95,000 kilometers long coastline and home by an abundance of marine diversity.

Most of fisheries output came from coastal areas, particularly from sea grass beds, corral reefs, lagoons, estuaries and mangroves.