Swiss-flagged research vessel that performs a world-wide cruise mission, Fleur de Passion, traverses 500 years of Portuguese cruise, Ferdinand Magellan, stops in Jakarta. The vessel, once a World War II minesweeper, anchored in the Port of Sunda Kelapa, Jakarta from April 3 to 12. In addition to tracking Ferdinand Magellan's voyage, Fleur de Passion also carries out some scientific data collection for maritime research purposes. When welcoming the media crew aboard Fleur de Passion on Wednesday, April 4, Swiss Ambassador to Indonesia, Yvonne Baumann, said the abandonment of Fleur de Passion in Jakarta is a form of Swiss appreciation of Indonesia as a maritime country.
" Of course, the high sea ship fleet of Switzerland is now competence whatsoever, to Indonesia, the great archipelago with the second largest coastline in the world and which is going to be global maritime fulcrum", Yvonne said.
She added, "Of course, this is a fleet of highly capable Swiss ships, present in Indonesia, a large archipelagic country with the largest coastline in the world and a country that will become a global maritime axis".
In addition, Ambassador Yvonne Bauman said that the Port of Sunda Kelapa, Jakarta was chosen as the Fleur de Passion aboard location, because it has a long maritime history, both in Indonesia and the world as a whole. Before stopping in Jakarta, Fleur de Passion aboard first stop in Ternate, North Maluku, November 2017 // Ternate is one of the ports that Ferdinand Magellan visited on its voyage in 1521. The entire Fleur de Passion voyage mission is carried out by the personnel of The Ocean Mapping Expedition program initiated by The Foundation Pacifique, a non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, engaged in social-humanities, environmental, and scientific research. (VOI-Rezha)