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FORKAMI Highlighted Slow TUKS Licencing, the Difficulties of Indonesian Vessels Operating Overseas

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Indonesian Maritime Communication Forum (FORKAMI) considered that Terminal Untuk Kepentingan Sendiri (TUKS) licencing at the Ministry of Transportation proceeded very slow, even though the TUKS has been built.

James Talakua, Chairperson of FORKAMI, said that his organization received many complaints from TUKS owners in Indonesia whose licenses were still uncertain at the Ministry of Transportation.

"They complain because the documents and actual requirements have been met, but the operating permit has not been given. In fact, obtaining permits for years," he said, Monday (8/27).

The impact, James continued, is that they have to use TUKS owned by other companies, causing high costs for the industry.

According to him, the administration of the slow TUKS operating permit does not match the information announced on the Ministry of Transportation's website that the process of arranging TUKS Management Approval only takes 19 working days.

TUKS is a terminal facility that is built and operated only to support the company's main activities, such as mining, energy, forestry, agriculture, fisheries, industry, tourism, docks and shipyards. Permission for TUKS management is given by the Director General of Sea Transportation at the Ministry of Transportation.

Based on FORKAMI data, the requirements for obtaining a TUKS operating permit include 11 items, including company data which includes company deed, principal taxpayer number and principal business permit, feasibility study, survey results which include hydrooceanography (tides, waves, depth and currents ), and topography.

In addition, the zero point (benchmark) of port locations expressed in geographical coordinates, drawings of the layout of terminal locations for their own purposes with adequate scale, drawings of pier construction, and geographical coordinates of terminal locations for their own use up to recommendations from the port of shahbandar at the local port.

Statutory authority

In addition to the TUKS issue, FORKAMI also heard how difficult Indonesian-flagged vessels were operating overseas during the Covid-19 pandemic. This happened after Directorate General of Sea Transportation appointed PT Biro Klasifikasi Indonesia (Persero) as the only company that was given the authority to conduct statutory surveys of Indonesian-flagged vessels operating overseas.

According to James, BKI has a limited branch that is unable to meet the needs of Indonesian-flagged vessels operating overseas. The Indonesian-flagged vessels have already produced foreign exchange, but due to the complicated statutory certification process, they are now having difficulty.

"Though they have already generated foreign exchange for the country, cutting the service account deficit which has been a burden on the country's economy. When they need fast and efficient classification services in the midst of Covid-19, the state cannot present them," James added.

There for, he asked Directorate General of Sea Transportation to support the operation of Indonesian-flagged vessels abroad by submitting issuance of the statutory certificate of the ship to classification recognized by government, both domestic and foreign classifications. (hlz/hlz)