Risk of detention for anchoring in Indonesian waters
There has been an increase in the number of vessels detained in Indonesian waters by the Indonesian Navy, particularly in the area east of Bintan Island. These waters are close to major shipping lanes and are sometimes mistaken for the limits of Singapore’s outer port.
Members should check with local agents before their vessels anchor in the area, as any vessel anchoring in Indonesian waters must be cleared by authorities prior to arrival and departure. This applies to all vessels, even if there is no other activity planned beyond anchoring (for example, cargo operations, crew changes, taking of provisions or supplies. , etc.)
In addition, all transshipment activities in Indonesian waters, including the operation of launch boats carrying provisions or crews, are limited to Indonesian-flagged vessels with Indonesian crews. The Indonesian Navy has strictly followed the law in this regard.
Members should also be aware that fines and penalties imposed by local authorities where illegal anchoring is presumed to have occurred are in no way recoverable from the Club under ordinary coverage, but only at the sole discretion. of the Council, and only for in so far as the Council, in the exercise of this discretionary power, can decide.
Your Managers recommend that Members take note of this information and be guided accordingly. They also thank the Club’s correspondents, SPICA Services (INDONESIA), for their help in providing the above information.
Source: The American Club