• Short Summary

    One of the more serious effects of the crisis in Indonesia over West New Guinea has been the stagnation in the shipping formerly operated by KPM of Dutch nationals.

  • Description

    One of the more serious effects of the crisis in Indonesia over West New Guinea has been the stagnation in the shipping formerly operated by KPM of Dutch nationals.

    The islands of the Indonesian archipelago relied entirely on these ships for the maintenance of essential supplies and communications. Now traffic to many islands has caused altogether while considerably rerouted to others.

    Food supplies on the islands have been dwindling fast and the islanders are now facing a deepening food crisis, apart from a shortage of other commodities.

    A fleet of small craft has been enlisted to carry rice to the outlying islands in an effort to stay off the shortage. But even so, there is an insufficient number of boats suitable for the task.

    One boat now engaged on the rice run is, the MV BILLITONA. Here she is being loaded with a modest 150 toms of rices. Loading is carried out at the greatest speed so that the vessel can get away to its destination with the utmost despatch. The Billitona is sailing out to the islands of the same name.

    The captain and engineer of BILITONA are both Dutch.

    A serious aspect of the situation is that many merchants have started to hoard rice supplies, with an ensuing rise in prices. For many the price is now beyond their slender means and they are forced to scavenge waste from rice sacks on the quayside.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAELKP6YRZEZK1HUM6ON3P4NLDD
    Media URN:
    VLVAELKP6YRZEZK1HUM6ON3P4NLDD
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/12/1957
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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