IMLOW Appreciates Priok Port for Out of JWC War Risk List

Damas Jati - Jakarta, 28/06/2018, 12:51

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Indonesia Maritime, Logistics and Transportation Watch (IMLOW) highly appreciates Joint War Committee (JWC) decision of taking out Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta from war risk port list.


In June 14, 2018, JWC has released the statement that Tanjung Priok Port was declared to be save port for world’s shipping activity.


Joint War Committee is a London-based non-governmental organization that embodies the representatives of Lloyd of London Market and International Underwriting Association (IUA), which previously enlisted Tanjung Priok Port into the war risk port issued in September 2017.


“Surely we appreciate it. It happens because of strong call and effort of all parties, including Indonesian government and the ministry of transportation, to take out Tanjung Priok Port from JWC blacklist. In addition, the fact shows the Priok Port is definitely save,” Secretary-General of IMLOW, Achmad Ridwan Tento said in the press release on Thursday (06/28/2018).


So far, Ridwan explained, the inclusion of Tanjung Priok Port into JWC war list port has resulted the additional insurance premium burdened to the shipowners, so that Tanjung Priok Port becomes uncompetitive port.


IMLOW previously also protested JWC and called on the revocation of Tanjung Priok port from its war list, because the insertion of the port into the list was inappropriate with the real condition and irrational.


Ridwan disclosed that so far there was a difference in the definition of piracy that was set to the foundation of International Maritime Organization (IMO), as the international maritime organization under UN, with the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).


“IMO regulations are always based on the United Nation Convention on the Low of the Sea (UNCLOS), whereas IMB is a private institution under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC),” Ridwan said.


Director General of Sea Transportation, R Agus H Purnomo in his press release in June 25, 2018, stated that in the latest war risk port of JWC in June 14, 2018, there has been no more Tanjung Priok Port in it.


It showed the trust of the world that Indonesia, especially Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, is safe.


“Thank God, with strong efforts and works of all of us, the Port of Tanjung Priok Jakarta is finally taken out of the war risk port of JWC. It means that there is a trust of world’s shipping community to the safety at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta,” Agus said.


Agus explained that he really regretted to see the fact that Tanjung Priok Port was set into the war risk port earlier because there was not even single security disturbance happened in Tanjung Priok and dragged the world’s attention in it, and maritime business people in particular.


“We officially protested JWC and submitted the data and facts that Tanjung Priok Port is definitely a safe place, and finally our protest gave a positive result so that Tanjung Priok Port is now out of the war risk port’s list of JWC,” Agus added.


Director General Agus also cited that with the revocation of Tanjung Priok Port from war risk port list, the should not be any surcharge of ship insurance to Tanjung Priok Port and the entire Indonesian waters are safe for shipping activity.


“This is a good point for Indonesia. With the security declaration at all ports in Indonesia, the chance for new investment open up,” he said.


In the war risk release of Joint War Committee dated June 14, 2018, the world’s sailing routes are categorized into 5 regions, with countries or sailing routes declared as war risk zone are Libya, Somalia, Nigeria and Togo in African zone, Indian sea, Arab sea, the gulf of Eden, Oman and Red Sea in the Indian Ocean zone.


Then in Asia, it covers Pakistan, while in Central Asia, it includes Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen. In American zone, it is in the South American territory in Venezuelan waters.


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