Friday, 20 October 2017 | 01:19 WIB

MMAF Secures Treasure Stealing Ship from China

Illustration: Foreign vessel. (Batam Today)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The government through the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) managed to secure ship stealing underwater treasure. The ship is Chinese-flagged ship, MV Chuan Hong 68.

Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti explained the vessel was secured in the vicinity of Riau Islands, Natuna Sea on April 20, 2017.

Moreover, she said the perpetrators had managed to escape, but not long ago were caught back in the waters of Panggararang Johor Timur, Malaysia after escape.

"Law enforcement should be pursued, imposed. There, we must guard, guarding here is not watching fish, sea water, but all that are in the sea, such as sites, tourism should be guarded," said Susi in her office, Jakarta, Friday (05/05/2017).

From the examination results, the crew of Chuan Hong 68 ships amounted to 20 people and had been brought to the Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) Post in Letung Island by the Sea Security Patrol. From the investigation, the ship once was lost on April 22, 2017.

Then, the Western Region Navy Patrols coordinated with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM) and continued to search.

Finally, the MV Chuan Hong 68 ship was found in Malaysia Territory on April 28, 2017 in the waters of Panggararang Johor Timur, Malaysia. This ship also violated Malaysian law for not reporting its arrival after fleeing from Indonesia.

According to Susi, this kind of incident was not the first time in Indonesia. Many foreign ships wanted to steal treasures under the sea of Indonesia.

"This is happening everywhere, some are using domestic ships for treasure hunting," said Minister Susi.

The modus operandi performed by Chuan Hong 68 is allegedly related to the removal of shipwrecks around the Natuna Sea and South China Sea, including Swedish Supertanker, Seven Skies (drowned in 1969), Japanese passenger ship Katori Maru.

The Chuan Hong 68 vessel is allegedly violating Indonesian law, including Law No. 17 of 2009 on shipping, as it operates in the territory of Indonesia without any permission, without a sailing approval letter, not turning on AIS (Automatic Identification System), no dredging permit,

"We'll find a gap because they're slick with lawyers." (*)