Category Archives: Human Rights

Indonesia has sunk 516 vessels since 2014 for fishing illegally

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Since 2014, the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry has sunk 516 vessels belonging to countries in its neighborhood and even from Indonesia for conducting illegal fishing operations in its waters. These vessels numbered 294 from Vietnam, 92 from the Philippines, 76 from Malaysia, and 23 from Thailand, in addition to two from Papua New Guinea, one each from China, Nigeria and Belize, and 26 from Indonesia.

In addition, from January to June 2019, the ministry has captured 67 illegal vessels consisting of 17 from Malaysia, 15 from Vietnam, three from the Philippines and 32 from Indonesia.

“The success in capturing illegal fishing vessels is inseparable from the integrated monitoring system of air surveillance, sea surveillance and fishing vessel monitoring system (VMS),” the ministry’s Acting Director General of Marine and Fisheries Resources Monitoring, Agus Suherman said in his statement Saturday.

The ministry, in collaboration with the Task Force 115, the Attorney General’s Office, and other relevant agencies has also eliminated as many as 28 illegal fishing vessels based on court decisions from January to June 2019.

The figure consists of 23 vessels from Vietnam, three from Malaysia, and one each from the Philippines, and Indonesia. These and the ships that have been sunk between October 2014 and June 2019 bring the total to 516.

Earlier, the Indonesian Marine Bachelor Association (Iskindo) appreciated the agreement in the G20 Summit regarding Indonesia’s initiative and leadership in combating IUU fishing.

“Although the agreement is non-binding, it will be the concern of the G20 countries in providing support for efforts to reduce the practice of IUU around the world,” Iskindo’s daily chairman Moh Abdi Suhufan said.

In the G20 forum which took place in Osaka Japan, on June 28 and 29, 2019, leaders of the G20 countries managed to agree on the commitment to tackle IUU fishing globally.

With such an agreement, the G20 countries would be compelled to take up the issue of IUU fishing within the framework of global cooperation.

“We appreciate the Indonesian government which in the past four years has consistently combated IUU fishing and has opened the eyes of the world on the mode, crime, impact and methods of eradicating IUU fishing through a legal approach,” Suhufan emphasized.

The agreement is one of Indonesia’s effort at the world level to invite other countries to protect fish resources, according to him.

Indonesia is one of the few countries in the world that has succeeded in increasing fish stocks after its crackdown on IUU fishing practices in its waters, he stressed.

Furthermore, Indonesia is considered necessary to oversee the commitment within international cooperation and program partnerships so the agreement of the heads of state can be followed up at the working level of cooperation.

Source: Antara News

Two villagers suffer wounds after fire engulfs Aceh’s oil well

Banda Aceh, Aceh (ANTARA) – A fire engulfed a traditional oil well site in Seuneubok Dalam Village, Ranto Peureulak Sub-district, East Aceh District, Aceh Province, on Friday evening, inflicting injuries on two villagers, according to the local authorities.

“The fire gutted the oil well at around 8:30 p.m. local time,” Aceh Oil and Gas Managing Agency (BPMA) spokesman Akhyar Rasyidi stated here on Saturday.

The BPMA will coordinate with the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Special Task Force’s (SKK Migas’) working unit for Northern Sumatra’s areas to investigate the incident, he emphasized.

The fire that had gutted the oil well could be extinguished, and the wounded villagers were sent to local hospitals for medical treatment.

According to local news reports, the victims are the Seuleumak Muda Village’s residents, who worked at the oil well site.

In April 2018, a deadly fire had also engulfed a traditional oil well in Ranto Panjang Peureulak of East Aceh District, Aceh Province. The fire reportedly killed at least 18 people and injured about 40 others.

The traditional oil well sites are not merely found in East Aceh District but also in several other areas in Indonesia.

Source: Antara News

Transportation Ministry bows to KPPU decision on airfares

Kertajati, J W Java (ANTARA) – The Transportation Ministry will bow to what the Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) will decide after its investigation into the alleged airplane ticketing cartel. “I think it is the authority of the KPPU to investigate it and of course, we give the KPPU a chance to investigate it. We will bow to what KPPU will decide later on,” Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said while inspecting the West Java International Airport in Kertajati sub-district, West Java, Saturday.

Earlier, KPPU urged all relevant parties including the Transportation Ministry and airline companies to clarify the issue of high airfares allegedly resulting from cartel practice in airplane ticket sales.

KPPU is an independent institution and that the government will comply with and follow up on its findings from the investigation, Sumadi said.

“Once again, as a regulator, the Transportation Ministry allows (KPPU) to conduct the investigation and we will bow to (its findings),” he said.

The government will hold a meeting at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs on the evening of Monday July 8, to decide the upper and lower limits of airfare, the minister said.

The government has made every effort to find a solution to the high airfares so that the airfares will not harm passengers and airlines, he said.

“Why do (we) involve the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs? Because stakeholders in the airline industry are not only the Transportation Ministry but also state oil and gas company Pertamina and other state-owned companies,” he said.

Source: Antara News

Airline Group Advocates More Training for Boeing 737 Max

MONTREAL – A trade group representing hundreds of airlines is renewing its push for additional pilot training and coordination among global aviation regulators to ensure that the Boeing 737 Max is safe before it is allowed to fly again after two deadly crashes.

If additional training is required, including the possible use of scarce MAX flight simulators, it could come at a tremendous cost to Boeing and further delay the plane’s return.

Airlines are already adjusting their schedules with the expectation that the plane will remain grounded for an extended period.

Southwest Airlines said Thursday that it has taken the Max out of its schedule for another month, through Oct. 1. Southwest is the fourth-biggest U.S. carrier by revenue and has more Max jets � 34, with about 250 more on order � than any airline in the world.

Southwest’s announcement was the latest case of a major airline dialing back its hopes for a speedy return of the Max. United Airlines did the same thing Wednesday. The plane was grounded worldwide in mid-March, but airlines hoped that Boeing would fix problematic flight-control software quickly enough so that the planes could be back in service in June.

The Max’s return took another detour this week after U.S. government test pilots working in a flight simulator discovered another flaw in the plane’s computer systems that could push the nose down. That condition, called runaway stabilizer trim, occurred in the Max accidents in Ethiopia and Indonesia that killed 346 people where pilots were unable to control the planes, according to preliminary reports by investigators.

The Federal Aviation Administration is requiring Boeing to fix the new flaw, a step that is expected to add from one to three months to the plane’s return.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that before the Max began flying, the FAA repeatedly found safety lapses at Boeing and ordered the company to fix them, but Boeing failed to do so. In 2015, Boeing agreed to pay a $12 million settlement and make changes to ensure that it was complying with safety regulations.

Boeing has been under intense scrutiny since October, when a Lion Air Max plunged into the Java Sea off Indonesia shortly after takeoff. Boeing began updating the flight-control software implicated in the crash � it pushed the plane’s nose down more than two dozen times based on faulty readings from a single sensor.

The update was not complete, however, by the time an Ethiopian Airlines Max crashed in March. Again, the nose-down pitch occurred. Pilots initially followed Boeing’s prescribed response, but it didn’t work, possibly because the plane was flying too fast.

Pilot training has emerged as a central part of fixing the plane. Boeing wants computer-based training, and FAA technical experts agree that would be sufficient.

Others, however, believe pilots need to practice with the new Boeing software in flight simulators. Earlier this month, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who landed a crippled airliner safely on the Hudson River in 2009, told a House subcommittee that pilots should get simulator training.

That, however, would pose a problem for Boeing and the airlines � it could take weeks or months to find simulator time for every pilot who flies the Max. Southwest and American Airlines each have thousands of Boeing 737 pilots, but neither airline has a Max simulator. Boeing has one in Miami and a similar machine in Seattle.

At a meeting in Montreal of regulators and airline representatives, the head of the International Air Transport Association, Alexandre de Juniac, made an appeal for coordination between aircraft operators and regulators.

De Juniac and his airline group are trying to repair the fragmented regulatory approach to the Max. In March, other countries grounded the plane despite the FAA’s initial view that it was safe even after a second crash.

Regulators in Europe, China and Canada have indicated they want to conduct their own reviews of the FAA’s 2017 certification of the plane, which could further complicate and delay the Max’s return to flying.

Shares of Boeing were down $7.35, or 2%, to $367.59 in afternoon trading.

Source: Voice of America