Bigger ships, bigger guns

But Somali pirates had no trouble hijacking oil tankers…

Jakarta suggests bigger vessels, guards onboard to stop Abu Sayyaf attacks

By Vincent Wee

Among the solutions the Indonesian government is considering to help solve the piracy problem in the waters around Kalimantan and the Southern Philippines is providing bigger barges for coal exports to the Philippines, local reports said.

Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan was quoted as saying that the rather small size of Indonesian-flagged tugboats traveling across the border could be one reason why they often became victims of hijackings by militant groups.

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