This (the collective capacity) is built by developing a qualified workforce that has the required capabilities to enforce international regulations.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Directorate General of Sea Transportation of the Indonesian Transportation Ministry is collaborating with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to improve maritime safety and ship inspections.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AMSA Mick Kinley handed over a Solid Bulk Cargo-Testing and Training Facility (SBC-TTF) as well as a Ship Safety Inspection-Center of Excellence (SSI-CoE) to the Director General of Sea Transportation Arif Toha here on Wednesday to mark the cooperation.

The facilities were developed through the Indonesian Transport Safety Assistance Package (ITSAP) program initiated in 2007 under a cooperation framework between the governments of Indonesia and Australia to improve transportation safety in Indonesia, in accordance with the applicable international standards.

"I believe these facilities will greatly help Indonesia in complying with international conventions," Toha said.

Hence, he urged all stakeholders to actively collaborate on maintaining and developing the two facilities.

SBC-TTF is a policy development research and technical training center that will seek to implement the best practices in the transport of solid bulk cargo, such as coal, bauxite, iron ore, and nickel ore, as well as bolster safer and more efficient mineral export activities.

It is also expected to develop and carry out training in accordance with the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code to handle any potential risks that may arise in the transport of the commodities.

"This (the collective capacity) is built by developing a qualified workforce that has the required capabilities to enforce international regulations," the director general noted.

SSI-COE is a knowledge center that will seek to integrate the collective capacity of the Indonesian Transportation Ministry, the AMSA, as well as the international maritime community to improve the safety of all ships sailing in Indonesian waters.

Toha lauded AMSA for its commitment to supporting the shipping sector in Indonesia.

He also expressed his gratitude to all parties for their hard work in establishing and operating the two facilities.

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Translator: Ahmad Wijaya, Uyu Liman
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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