Indonesia – Vessel detentions *Update*

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16 October 2019

North would like to remind Members that vessels continue to be detained by Indonesian authorities whist at anchor in waters around the island of Bintan.

The vessels believed that they had anchored at OPL Singapore but had in fact anchored within Indonesian territorial waters.

It is recommended that vessels do not anchor in or around Indonesian territorial waters, (even if it is believed to be OPL Singapore) without confirmation from a local Indonesian agent.

In the event of any issues contact the club or local correspondents immediately.

18 February 2019

North has learned from its correspondents Spica in Indonesia about a rising number of vessels being detained by Indonesian authorities whilst at anchor in the waters around the island of Bintan.Bintan is a popular place for vessels to anchor due to its location near the shipping lanes. However, the anchorages are located within Indonesian territorial waters. Spica report that at least 20 vessels have been detained apparently for ‘illegal anchoring’.

Currently there is no procedure in place for dealing with such arrests. This has led to confusion and delays due to a lack of information or direction from the Indonesian authorities.

Indonesia requires that vessels located inside their territorial waters that are not on innocent passage, for example anchoring, performing a crew change or conducting STS operations, are required to be cleared in and out of Indonesia.

Members are reminded that activities such as crew change and cargo operations within Indonesian waters are only permitted for Indonesian shipping companies with Indonesian flagged vessels manned by Indonesian crew.  The Indonesian navy have been strictly enforcing such laws and this has included the reported use of live ammunition towards commercial vessels.

It is recommended that Members:

  • Do not anchor in or around Indonesian territorial waters without confirmation from a local agent.
  • In the event of any issues contact the club or local correspondent immediately.

The full circular can be found here.