Private Fleet Company Serves Transportation for Outermost Islanders

Biak, Jubi – In 2016, Private pioneering fleet company Mandala Sembilan provides marine transportation for people of Mapia, the outermost island of Supiori Regency, which neighbors the Republic of Palau.

“Since January 2016, Mandala Sembilan has transportation route for New Year for people on Mapia Island and its surrounding,” said a company staffer, S. Swabra, on Thursday (7/1/2016) in Biak.

He acknowledged the facility of marine transportation in 2016 for the return route Biak-Mapia Island, Biak-Numfor and Manokawari is a program of the Ministry of Transportation of the Republic of Indonesia.

In early 2016, added Swabra, Mandala Sembilan has transported passengers and goods to Mapia Islands. “The ship for Mapia islanders continues serving people as scheduled,” said Swabra.

Mapia Islands, which located in Supiori Barat Sub-district of Supiori Regency, is the islands with potential assets of marine resources and coconut plantation neighboring to the Republic of Palau. It consists of thirty households or 200 populations.

Based on data from the Directorate General of Marine Transportation of the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation, three boats, a private company’s boat Mandala Sembilan and two public boats KM Papua Satu and KM Papua Lima, will operate for the route Biak-Mapia Islands in Biak Numfor Regency in 2016. (*/rom)