A shipped owned by the State-owned oil company Pertamina has been stranded on the reef off Sanur’s beach since November 2010 with little indication that any effort is being made to remove the vessel that is both an eyesore and a continuing environmental threat to Bali’s southern coastline.
Port officials seem reluctant to either comment or move against the ship, despite a range of legal remedies available to them. Port authorities could free the ship and make claims against the vessels insurers or offer it up to salvage as an abandoned vessel. But these steps have apparently not been done.
Clearly its high time for Pertamina or Benoa port authorities to take steps to remove the ship which has greeted guest staying at the luxury resorts along Bali’s Sanur Beach for nearly 2 years and continues to pose an environmental hazard.
Information on whether the ship contains fuels representing a further environmental hazard to the beach is difficult to obtain.
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