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Statement by British Embassy on Caledonia Sky

British Ambassador to Indonesia Moazzam Malik met today with Co-ordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.

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Amongst other issues, they discussed the recent maritime/environmental incident in the West Papua.

Speaking after the meeting, the Ambassador said:

We were disappointed to learn about damage to the coral reef in West Papua – as we are with any environmental incident.

We support the Indonesian authorities in their intent to investigate this matter and to seek restitution for the damage done. We hope the matter can be resolved quickly and smoothly between the Indonesian Government and the cruise ship company.

We are ready to provide any advice and support if the Indonesian authorities need it to take forward their investigation and claims process.

We note that the ship (Caledonia Sky) is owned, crewed, managed and operated by a Swedish company (Salen Ship Management) based in Gothenberg.

The private companies (Salen Ship Management, Noble Caledonia who run the cruise) involved have expressed regret and responsibility and their readiness to work out a fair and realistic settlement. We understand that their representatives are already working with the Indonesian authorities.

Further information

Press enquiries for Noble Caledonia should be addressed to John Wickman.

Published 17 March 2017