• Sailing Overseas, Indonesian Ships Watching More Tight

    JAKARTA – The Ministry of Transportation through the Directorate General of Sea Transportation will increase the supervision and inspection of Indonesian-flagged ships that will sail abroad. This is done to continue the downward trend of the number of vessels held in other countries.

    Director of Shipping and Marine Affairs, Junaidi said the examination of the safety of Indonesian-flagged vessels aboard ships abroad is tightened, in line with the implementation of the international convention, the Tokyo MoU.

    According to Junaidi, in the last three years the percentage of Indonesian-flagged ships inspected and detained by the port state control officers (PSCO) of the member states of Tokyo MoU abroad has decreased. “But the Government continues to make efforts to reduce the level of detention of these ships even if no one can be arrested,” said Junaidi in Jakarta, Tuesday (6/2/2018).

    Junaidi explained in 2017 there are 17 Indonesian-flagged ships detained or 8.67% of the vessels examined as many as 196 ships. Meanwhile, the number of vessels held in 2015 and 2016 respectively as many as 36 ships and 24 ships.

    To note, the Tokyo MoU is a Port State Control (PSC) organization consisting of 20 member countries in Asia Pacific. This organization aims to reduce the operation of ships under international standards through control cooperation in each member country.

    Each ship must apply the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) standard rules and the International Labor Organization (ILO), including marine safety, maritime environment protection, working conditions and crew life.

    Junaidi emphasized that supervision needs to be improved so that Indonesian-flagged vessels can be separated from the blacklisted traps as they do not meet the standards of ship sea freight in accordance with international conventions. To that end, the Directorate General of Sea Transportation has issued a circular on 5 February 2018 ago.

    Examination of Indonesian-flagged vessels that will sail abroad is conducted by Ship Inspection Officers (PPKK). Such officers may be assisted by PSCO Indonesia under the inspection guidance of ships in Tokyo MOU manual and IMO Resolution A.1052 (27) to comply with convention requirements.

    “If the ship does not meet the requirements under international convention, the Sailing Agreement Letter can not be issued,” said Junaidi.

    He added that Kemehub would re-audit the ship management system if the ship owner company or operator gets detainable deficiency or detention from another country’s PSC twice in a row. If a mismatch is found, Kemenhub will impose sanctions in the form of freezing the document of compliance (DOC) and decreasing the certification of its shipping area.

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    Sources: http://industri.bisnis.com/read/20180206/98/735047/berlayar-ke-luar-negeri-kapal-indonesia-diawasi-lebih-ketat
    Translated by Aryaputra PandeBIC

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