The Jakarta Post
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has instructed his subordinates to learn from neighboring country Singapore and the United Kingdom on how to develop a safe and reliable yet low-cost water transportation system in the Thousand Islands regency.
The National Transportation Safety Commission (KNKT) said recently that most boats operating in the regency’s waters failed to meet the safety standards set by the commission.
“Invite someone from the United Kingdom Embassy in Jakarta to give a presentation on how they manage water transportation in England and Scotland. They are all archipelagic states and they have low-cost water transportation [systems],” Anies said in a meeting on April 16. Footage of the meeting was posted on YouTube.
He said that Singapore had established routes to Batam. “It works. If needed, we will invest much in the area,” the governor said as quoted by wartakota.tribunnews.com on Friday.
Of more than 100 islands that make up the Thousand Islands regency in Jakarta, many have become popular tourist destinations. The increasing demand for maritime transportation to the islands, however, has not been accompanied by an improvement in safety.
Boat incidents occasionally occur in the region. Last Sunday, a boat operated by the Jakarta Transportation Agency exploded near Panggang Island, injuring nine.
Last year, 24 people were killed aboard the Zahro Express boat when a fire caused an explosion en route to Tidung Island from Muara Angke Port in North Jakarta. (vny)