Lack of regulations, national and international legal instruments.
While signaling for world efforts to Stop piracy and vessel hijacking, Indonesia opposes the proposed recruitment of private armed security guards (PCASP) on vessels aimed to ensure security and safety on international waters.
Transportation Minister E.E. Mangindaan announced that paying to personal armed security guards on vessels had been a pretty hot issue at the recent meeting of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) maritime safety committee in London; it had also been the subject of huge debate among stakeholders at home.
"But the government will consistently oppose the proposal due to the absence of national and international legal instruments," Mangindaan told in the time of opening the International Transport Workers' Federation's Asia-Pacific regional meeting in Jakarta on 2 days ago.
There was recent hijacking of Indonesian Cargo ship in Somali waters. The MV Sinar Kudus, which at the time of the hijacking was heading to Europe with its cargo of crude palm oil and manned by a 16-strong Indonesian sailors, was attacked a year ago by dangerous Somali pirates who wanted a ransom of US$3.5 million. The vessel and its crew were freed 10 months later following the deployment of Indonesian elite soldiers.
The government informed in recent times that it would continue to support the Marine Electronic Highway initiative to help make better maritime security and safety on the Malacca Strait and that it had established a national data center as an important step toward ameliorating safety and environmental protection at sea.
"The government should crack down on the fast increase of manning agents, plus the National Agency for Overseas Labor Placement and Protection [BNP2TKI], which recruit many seafarers and place them on fishing and cargo ships without adequate education. This situation has led many vessel owners to pay them,".