Indonesia to close seas to ship transporting nuclear waste


The government has instructed patrol ships to close Indonesian waters to a ship carrying nuclear waste that has reportedly left France for Australia.

Sea Security Coordinating Agency head Vice Adm. Desi Albert Mamahit told on Friday that MV Trader, the ship carrying nuclear waste, was currently sailing along the southern coast of Africa.

"To reach Australia, passing Indonesian waters will be its first choice. We will block the ship because nuclear waste is very dangerous," Desi Albert said

According to Desi, the Navy and the water police are required to deploy patrol ships to stop the ship from entering Indonesian waters.

Desi said that MV Trader passed through Indonesian waters three months ago when it sailed from Australia to France. "Our ships are on standby, although the ship is still far from Indonesia. We have information about the ship," he said.

If MV Trader passed through Indonesian's sea territory, he said, it had the potential to pollute the country's waters.