Ministry of Transportation Regulation Number 53 Year 2018

Luthfil Hadi - Jakarta, 03/09/2018, 12:26

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Ministry of Transportation of Indonesia conduct a survey in 2014 to 2015 which resulted in the discovery of 80% container used in many ports in Indonesia is not in proper condition. Reported from oceanweek.co.id, to prevent the shipment being rejected by destination port, Directorate General of Sea Transportation formulate new regulation to regulate the standardization of container.


Hermanta, the Chief of Tanjung Priok Port Authority said that the formulated regulation is officially set in the Ministry of Transportation Regulation number 53/2018. The container standardization regulated in the Ministerial Regulation will refer to International Convention for Safe Container (CSC) set by International Maritime Organization (IMO). He said all of that in a socialization event for the regulation held in Santika Hotel, North Jakarta on Thursday, August 30th 2018.


Ministry of Transportation Regulation 53/2018 is regulating about the Properness of Container and Verified Gross Mass of Container. This regulation consist of 12 chapter with 72 article. The regulation structure are as follows:


  • Chapter I on General Definition, consist of 1 Article.
  • Chapter II on scope, consist of 1 Article.
  • Chapter II on Container Properness, consist of 3 Articles.
  • Chapter IV on Inspection, Testing, and Verification of Containers, consist of 26 Articles.
  • Chapter V on Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of Containers, consist of 18 Articles.
  • Chapter VI on Container Repairs, consist of 1 Article.
  • Chapter VII on Service Fees, consist of 6 Articles.
  • Chapter VIII on Supervision in Inspection, Testing, and Certification of Container and Determining the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of Container, consist of 18 Articles.
  • Chapter IX on Administrative Penalty, consist of 1 Article.
  • Chapter X on Transitional Provision, consist of 1 Article.
  • Chapter XI on Others Provision, consist of 4 Articles.
  • Chapter XII on Closing, consist of 2 Articles.

The requirement for the proper container is written in the regulation’s third chapter on Container Properness. Article 3 Paragraph 2 to be precise. There are 4 requirements written in the article.


Firstly, the container must be permanent and sturdy. So that the container can be used repeatedly. Secondly, container must be specially designed to facilitate shipping with more than 1 transportation mode without reloading the shipment.


Thirdly, container must be designed to be secured and/or easy to handle. The Container must also have Corner Fitting. And lastly, the container must have an area of 14 (fourteen) square meters (150 square feet) or 7 (seven) square meters (75 square feet) if the corner fitting is installed at the top, to be covered by 4 (four) outer bottom corners.


These requirement only applicable to:


  • Container used as part of shipping tool on a ship for international shipment and shipment going to Indonesian ports.
  • Container used as part of shipping tool on a ship that is being shipped from Indonesian ports to another countries.
  • Container used as part of shipping tool in a ship that is being shipped between Indonesian ports.

The requirements are not applicable to:


  • Container designed for air shipping.
  • Container on trailer chassis, including tank container, flat-rack container, bulk container.
  • Container that doesn’t meet convention standard.

The socialization event was attended by the management of INSA Jakarta, ALFI Jakarta, Asdeki Jakarta, Tanjung Priok Port terminal operator (MAL, Npct1), GINSI Jakarta, and involved business parties of Tanjung Priok Port. Hermanta hoped the attendees could gain better understanding of the regulation so that they could improve the safety and security in the activity involving the usage of container because safety and security are the top priority when doing business activity in ports.


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