Waisai, Jubi – The Raja Ampat Regency Government, West Papua Province is said to be drafting a draft regional regulation (draft) on prohibition of large-ships and cruise ships entering the area.
Head of Legal Division of the Raja Ampat Regional Secretariat, Mohliat Mayalibit, said they are discussing the draft with indigenous leaders.
“We are discussing the draft, and we have consulted with West Papua Legal Bureau for the revision,” he told Jubi in Waisai, capital of Raja Ampat, Wednesday April 19th.
He said the Raja Ampat regency involves indigenous leaders to formulate the regulation, so they do not feel alienated in their own village.
“Iindigenous leaders are involved to keep their customary rights,” he said.
In early March the Caledonan Sky-flagged British cruise ship, weighing 4,000s and a length about 90 meters, hit a coral reef in Kri waters, Mios Mansar District, Raja Ampat, West Papua.
It is expected after the regulation will be passed; large ships and cruise ships cannot go without control into Raja Ampat coastal, known as the world’s coral reef triangle.
Once corrected, the draft legislation will be brought to local parliament to be ratified into a local regulation.
“But we will review portions of each authorities such as Sayahbandar, Transportation and Fisheries and Marine Service,” he said.
Head of Sorong Syahbandar, Jhoni Silalahi supports the good step of Raja Ampat Regency initiative in designing the rules.
He said he also ready to provide input for proposed draft discussion so it does not conflict with the rules of Ministry of Transportation. (*)