The Ministry of Industry reported that Indonesia needs more new fleets. Because, currently about 50% commercial ships have been over the age of 20 years. Minister of Industry, Saleh Husin, in Jakarta, Monday (September 28), did not deny that currently many national commercial ships are old, so that procurement of new vessels is necessary.
According to Saleh, users of ships, i.e. ministries, state agencies, state enterprises and private sector have also committed to buy vessels from within the country. It is said that shipbuilding capability is strengthened step by step and according to plan. While, for vessels with special needs, according to him, have to be built abroad. However, the Minister of Industry said that technology transfer and component industry development should continue to be driven to reduce imports in the future.
Industry Ministry of Industry also prepared two special areas of shipping industry, i.e. in Lamongan, East Java and Tanggamus Maritime Industrial Estate, Lampung. In addition the government will perform data collection of vessel specifications and needs nationally. This is necessary for the planning and development of shipbuilding and ship industry investment promotion. National shipbuilding and ship industry is believed to be capable of building ships needed to strengthen maritime connectivity in the country. Additionally, to make Indonesia as world maritime axis.
Saleh is optimistic that the national shipbuilding industry is capable of building ships needed to strengthen maritime as the world maritime connectivity in the country. And to make Indonesia as the world maritime axis. He said that currently there are about 250 shipyards in Indonesia. They are capable of producing 1.2 million deadweight tonnage (DWT) of new vessels. Moreover, it is capable of repairing ships with a total capacity of 12 million DWT.
Ministry of Industry recorded that ship companies can build various kinds and types of vessels up to 50,000 DWT. 80% of all shipyards in the country can build ships with a capacity of 5,000 DWT. According to the Minister of Industry, the opportunity of shipbuilding industry is wide open. It is encouraged by the cabotage policy that increases the number of national ships from 6,000 units in 2005 to 14,000 units in 2014.
Saleh also encourages empowerment of national Ship Design and Engineering Center (NASDEC) in Surabaya. The facility was the result of cooperation between the Ministry of Industry and the Institute of Technology (ITS) Surabaya. NASDEC, which was established in 2006, is projected to be able to design special types of ships, such as tankers and LNG carries.
Meanwhile, head of Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), Frnaky Sibarni, said that it would inject investment budget to the shipbuilding industry of IDR 5 trillion. The stimulus was given in order to strengthen maritime upstream sector. He mentioned that the fiscal incentives were derived from the budget of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF). It is said, that MMAF has made a deal with BKPM for strengthening maritime upstream sector. One of the programs is the procurement of ships.
Franky said that the budget was allocated for the procurement of 3,400 units of ships. Until the end of the first half of 2015, investment realization in 249 shipbuilding industries which are operating amounted to IDR 135 billion. The industries were located in Sumatra as many as 65 shipyards, Kalimantan 62 shipyards, java 92 shipyards, and Maluku and Papua 30 shipyards.
Franky said that BKPM had coordinated to unify perception between the Minister of Industry and Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries to discuss the development of the maritime industry. BKPM is optimistic that shipyard investment industry. BKPM is optimistic that shipyard investment will continue to grow in the next semester. Achievement of domestic investment (PMDN) commitment is higher than Foreign Investment (PMA) plan in shipbuilding industry, which reached IDR 1.7 trillion in the same period. (E)
Business New - September 30, 2015