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New regulations on operational ship's age upcoming JAKARTA - The Transportation Department will continue their efforts to implement new regulations to limit the age of operational ships in Indonesia to a maximum of 25 years, as was told by a spokesman. "But the policy will be applied in a flexible way," M. Harijogi, director general of sea transportation, said here earlier on Monday. The policy would be executed with consideration of a ship's actual condition and the way it as been maintained.

"This means a ship that has reached the maximum age limit will first be subjected to a comprehensive inspection. If the vessel proves to be still in good condition, it will be allowed to remain in service," he added. He said that if a ship was in bad condition, it will definitely be prohibited from transporting people again because of the safety risks involved, he added.

He explained that the department did not implement the regulations yet as the matter was still being studied. In addition the new regulations would only apply for passenger ships. The maximum age limit for ships is part of a plan to review the current regulation on age limits of aircraft. This is now deemed necessary after a series of accidents in the transportation system in the country.

The Indonesian National Shipowners Association (Inaca) has rejected the plans. The new regulations would curtail the shipping industry to invest in new ships Inaca said, adding that accidents had nothing to do with the age of the ships on it's own. Harijogi admitted that this had more influence on engine power, speed and fuel consumption. Maintenance is directly related to it's safety, but it is common use to have just a low grade of maintenance in Indonesia.



Posted in Politics @ 13 March 2007 08:41 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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