Jakarta's Port off War Risk List

Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta was not on the War Risk blacklist published on 14 June 2018 because it has been declared safe for world shipping by the Joint War Committee (JWC).

The Joint War Committee is a non-governmental organization in London composed of representatives from Lloyds of London Market and the International Underwriting Association (IUA) which had first included the Port of Tanjung Priok in the War Risk List in September 2017.

"The Port of Tanjung Priok has finally been declared a safe harbor by JWC.  This will eliminate additional premium expenses for shipping businessmen so that Tanjung Priok Port becomes more competitive," said the Director General of Sea Transportation, R. Agus H. Purnomo today (25/6).

This shows the world's confidence that Indonesia and especially that Tanjung Priok Port is safe.  "Alhamdulillah, thanks to hard work and effort the Port of Tanjung Priok, has finally been eliminated from the War Risk List issued by the JWC.  This demonstrates the confidence of the shipping world, especially the international shipping world, in the Port of Tanjung Priok." said Director General Agus.

Director General Agus also explained that his party deeply regretted that Tanjung Priok Port had been included in the previous War Risk release because no security disturbance at Tanjung Priok port had occurred.

"We sent a protest to the JWC, conveying the data and stressing the fact that the Port of Tanjung Priok is safe.  Finally, our protest has borne results and the Port of Tanjung Priok has been removed from JWC's War Risk list." said Director General Agus.

Director General Agus added that with the removal of Tanjung Priok Port from War Risk List, all Indonesian waters are classified as safe for shipping and shipowners will no longer face higher premiums.

"This is a good thing for Indonesia, all ports in Indonesia are declared safe, so investment opportunity is wide open," said Director General Agus.

In the War Risk Joint War Committee release dated June 14, 2018, the world is divided into 5 regions in which there are countries or waters that are categorized as war risks:

  • Africa:  Libya, Somalia, Nigeria and Togo
  • Indian Ocean Region:  the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Eden, the Gulf of Oman and the Red Sea
  • Asia:  the Asian region of Pakistan, the Central Asia region of Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen
  • South America:  the waters of Venezuela.

The Government of Indonesia states that the security level for ships and port facilities nationally is 1 (i.e. at normal security) in its Circular Letter of the Director General of Sea Transportation number UM 003/12/4 / DJPL-18 dated 31 January 2018 regarding Ship Security Level and Port Facility.

Under the terms of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code Part A.4 and Part B 4.8 - 4.9 and Regulation of the Minister of Communications No. 134 of 2016 article 4 paragraph 1 concerning Ship Security Management and Port Facility, the Director General of Sea Transportation is the Designated Authority (DA) responsible for establishing a national level of security for ships and port facilities in Indonesia.

"Security level changes can be made at any time according to national and local maritime security developments and are evaluated 6 months after the last circular.  We are currently conducting the next evaluation," Junaidi, the Director of maritime and coastal guard unity (KPLP) is quoted as saying.

To that end, Junaidi reminded stakeholders to improve ship security level and port facilities across Indonesia.

The Ministry of Transportation's Directorate General of Sea Communications strives to ensure that all ports in Indonesia are safe for shipping activities. This is evidenced by the consistency of Indonesia in implementing the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code every year since 2004.

In 2017, the US Coast Guard (USCG) once again provided a positive assessment of the implementation of ISPS Code in Indonesia which means that ports in Indonesia are generally safe for shipping activities." Junaidi concluded.

Information provided by Budd Indonesia



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