"Certification is in the process of ships less than 7 GT in weight in Java and is expected to be finished in the second week of April, 2019," Director General of Sea Transport R Agus H Purnomo said here on Sunday.
Based on data at the Sea Transport Directorate General by Nov. 20, there were 22,363 traditional sailors/fishermen in Java and only 1,551 of them had certificate.
The number of fishing ships already having certificate in Brondong or Lamongan totaled 452 units, Agus said.
He said the country had 78,656 units of ships measuring more than seven GT in weight. All of the ships, flying Indonesian flag, already have certificate.
The number of ships less than 7 GT in weight in Java totaled 24,055 units including 23,138 units of fishing ships, 295 units of passenger ships, 405 units of cargo ships and 25 units of other ships.
The number of ships less than 7 GT in weight in Java already having certificate include 15,848 units of fishing ships, 292 units of passenger ships, 405 units of cargo ship and 25 units of other ships.
The number of ships less than 7 GT in weight not yet having certificate totaled 5,449 units of fishing ships and 91 units of cargo ship.
"The Sea Transport Directorate General has programs - first to identify all ships and fishermen in Indonesia and second certification of the ships and the fishermen not yet having certificate," Agus said.
After a given time, measure would be taken against ships and fishermen not having certificate, he said.
"Therefore, we call on all sailors to utilize the time for certification and fishermen to have their ships measured again that the fishermen and their ships would have certificate as required by the regulation," he said.
Head of the Sub-directorate for Ship Gauging and Registration Capt. Diaz Saputra said the government facilitates the process of certification of sailors/fishermen and ships through the Outlet of Ship Remeasuring Integrated Service.
"The activity is an important agenda for ships not having certificate," Capt. Diaz said.
Reporting by Juwita T Rahayu, A Saragih
Editing by Sri Haryati