The menacing haze which caused havoc in Indonesia and neighboring countries in 2015 has been contained, thanks to the government’s strict policy enforcement and a prolonged rainy season. Attention is now on making peatlands fire-preventive.
Two weeks have passed, and the cargo ship MV Ever Judger has not left the waters of Balikpapan Bay in East Kalimantan. This ship, which sails under the flag of Panama, should have set sail on March 30, leaving Balikpapan with a cargo of 74,000 tons of coal, headed for Lumut, Perak, Malaysia. The captain had been authorized to leave by the port authority.