Ministry holds Marpolex to train personnel in handling oil spills

Ministry holds Marpolex to train personnel in handling oil spills

File - Indonesia, the Philippines and Japan hold a joint exercise to deal with oil spills during the Regional Marpolex 2022 in Makassar, South Sulawesi. (ANTARA/HO-Directorate General of Sea Transportation)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Ministry of Transportation is holding the Marine Pollution Exercise (Marpolex) in the waters off Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta from October 16 to 21, 2023, to train personnel in handling oil spills.

The exercise will test the city's mitigation efforts to check sea pollution, especially in the area surrounding Tanjung Priok Port, the busiest port in Indonesia.

"Marpolex aims to improve coordination during disasters that have the potential to cause pollution, fire, and emergencies that could threaten human lives," said Jon Kenedi, Director of the Marine and Coast Guard Unit at the ministry, in a statement on Monday.

He noted that very heavy traffic in Jakarta Bay increases the risks of incidents in the nearby waters and the risks must be addressed quickly and precisely with good coordination.

This year's Marpolex will not only train government personnel responsible for handling maritime disasters, but also involve the private sector, state-owned enterprises, and companies in pollution countermeasures.

Kenedi also underlined that Marpolex is a platform for communication and coordination of national teams, regional teams, and local teams as mandated by the presidential regulation on the mitigation of oil spill emergency situations at sea.

"Consolidation and synergy are crucial for (building) the unity of the maritime disaster alert team," he said.

The 2023 Marpolex began with an overview of the national and regional Marpolex exercises carried out in previous years.

Communication and tabletop exercises will also be conducted to strengthen the flow of coordination and the role of each element during the exercise.

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