Maritime and Fishery Affairs Minister Susi Pudjiastuti at the shores of Lonthoir Village, Banda Besar Island, Banda Archipelago, Maluku Tengah Regency, Maluku, Sunday (22/10).
JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Maritime and Fishery Affairs Minister Susi Pudjiastuti sinks 17 ships that are convicted of illegal fishing in Indonesia. The 17 ships were sunk at Natuna and Terempa sea territory in Riau Archipelago.
"Today is a proof of our present for the nation, to show that we’re consistent of guarding our sea for our future. We will lead the sinking procession not to show our might, not to build an image or show our honor, but a country deserves to have its honor. And we’re standing to guard the frontline," Susi said at Lampa Strait, Natuna, Sunday (29/10).
Susi led the sinking procession directly. The sinking without setting the ships on fire took 1 to 1.5 hours.
According to the Operating Director of Task Force 115, Task National Military’s (TNI) Commander Wahyudi Hendro Dwiyono, 10 ships will be sunk in Natuna and the remaining ships will be sunk in Terempa. The sinking procession has followed the existing legal proceedings.
Wahyudi explained the current sinking procession is different from the previous one as the current procession doesn’t use any explosives. The location of sinking procession is also safe and doesn’t disrupt the navigation channel.
"The sinking is done by making holes on the hull under the water line and given weight," Wahyudi explained.
In 2017, 88 ships have been sunk, 40 ships are sunk after receiving a legally binding decision and 48 ships are sunk after getting a decision from the nearest state court. (dtc/rm)