Indonesia strengthens surveillance fleet

Four new ships to bolster anti-piracy and fishing surveillance.

Indonesia strengthens surveillance fleet to combat illegal fishing

The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry plans to strengthen its surveillance capacity to combat illegal fishing in Indonesian waters by building four new surveillance vessels in 2015, a top government official said.

“Under the Indonesian Fisheries Supervisory Ship System program, the ministry will build four new ships this year,” Director General of Maritime Resources and Fisheries Supervision (PSDKP), Asep Burhanudin, said here Monday.

The four news ships, expected to become operational by the end of this year, would support 27 surveillance vessels currently operated by the ministry, he said.

“We are also doing our best to increase the number of operational days from 116 to 210, taking these eventually to 280,” Burhanudin said.

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