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Fast Aground and Going Nowhere

Will Stranded Pertamina Boat on Reef off Sanur's Mertasari Beach Become a Permanent Bali Fixture?

(1/8/2011) A tug-boat owned by the State-owned oil company Pertamina remains an eyesore and high-and-dry aground a reef off Bali's Sanur Beach, 2 month's after its initial grounding on November 6, 2010.

Although Indonesian maritime law allows Bali port officials to take any steps necessary to protect navigation and remove the potential threat to Bali's natural shoreline, Benoa officials seem reluctant to call in salvage crews and haul the ship away to a safe anchorage.

An earlier promise to remove the ship from the reef on December 7, 2010, has come and gone with no results.

Radar Bali underlined in a recent edition the absolute lack of action to move the ship and the mysterious reluctance of port authorities even discuss the current status of the ship, its actual owners, the circumstances of its grounding or when the Mertasari reef, opposite a popular public beach, will be free of the eyesore.

According to Radar Bali, the village chief of Sanur is promising to again raise the issue of the long-stranded ship with the relevant authorities.

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