IN PHOTOS: Extensive coral reef damage caused by British cruise ship
JAKARTA, Indonesia – Raja Ampat's coral reefs are considered among the best in the world. But last week, at least 1,600 square meters of it was destroyed by a British cruise ship.
The 90-meter-long ship ran aground at low tide after bird watching on Waigeo island. It was on a 16-day trip from Papua New Guinea to the Philippines
According to an official evaluation team, the vessel owned by cruise operator Noble Caledonia was trapped in shallow water, despite the vessel's radar and GPS monitoring tool. (READ: Indonesia says captain of cruise ship that destroyed coral reefs may face imprisonment)
The situation was made even worse when a tugboat helped pull the vessel to deeper waters.
The incident caused damage to the ecosystem and habitat structure of the area, as well as the loss of some types of coral reefs. Raja Ampat is known for its special underwater diversity.
See the photos of the damage below, sourced from the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry.