IMLOW Calls for Comprehensive Rules and Regulations on Dangerous Goods Handling

Formulation and drafting the rules and regulation on fire rescue, both at the port and at water zones, should be comprehensively prepared, Indonesia Maritime, Logistic and Transportation Watch (IMLOW) has recalled. IMLOW notes prevention and supervision as the two aspects that the rules and regulations should get concern.

Achmad Ridwan Tentowi, IMLOW General Secretary said in a statement to Indonesia Shipping Gazette that Indonesia needs a regulation (manual implementation) to prevent, monitor, and to control any fire incidents both at the port and water zone.

“Port affairs do not only relate to ship calls and facilities, but also to the cargo and containers. So, any rules and regulations should clearly and explicitly state these items,” Ridwan said.

Ridwan gave an example of rules on handling dangerous cargoes. The rules for dangerous cargoes should be more detail, including the maximum tier for container carrying dangerous cargoes, the space (distance) between containers, and what should be done if cargo owners not releasing those containers (abandon).

Ridwan explained that there were some cases of fire incident due to the failure of importers to release their cargo from the terminals. Ridwan also gave other examples of vessel fire, including the recently Levina Vessel, that got fire in water zones.

Ridwan admitted that Indonesia has actually ratified some international regulations like IMO’s (International Maritime Organization) rules of Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), ISPS code, ISM code, but the government has not made their rules as manual implementation yet.

International Safety Management (ISM) Code is an international safety standard in vessel operation, while SOLAS Convention relates to prevention of environment pollution.

Those regulations, according to Ridwan, are meant to improve the vessel operational management, prevent accidents of vessel, human, and cargoes and to protect sea environment from pollutions.

Meanwhile, the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) is mean to improve safety of vessels and port facilities.

“All those international regulations are meant to improve safety and security at the port and water area. Hence, the regulations on the prevention of fire at the port and water area now being drafted by Kemenhub (Ministry of Transportation) should be more actual and concreted. The aspects of prevention and supervision should refer to the IMO regulations,” Ridwan said.

Earlier, Director of KPLP (Coast Guard) at the Directorate General of Sea Transportation Ahmad explained that the activity of fire prevention at the port and water zone need a more actual ‘legal umbrella’.

For drafting this legal umbrella, the Directorate General of Sea Transportation has just conducted a Workshop on Drafting Requirements for Fire Rescue at the Port and Water Area on July 22-23. The workshop took place at the Offices of Tanjung Priok  Harbour Master, Tanjung Priok Port Authority, PLP Office, and VP Marine Shipping PT. Pertamina (Persero) Office.

The output of the workshop is expected to become as draft for Ministry Regulation on Fire Rescue at the Port and Water Area.

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