Update Volume 2019/9 Indonesia – over 20 vessels detained
More than 20 vessels are presently detained by the Indonesian Navy around the island of Pulau Batam pursuant to an allegation contravention of Indonesian law relating to their failure to obtain prior approval to anchor within Indonesian waters.
The area in question is a popular waiting place for vessels calling the port of Singapore and straddles both the Indonesian and Singaporean EEZ. Apparently the Indonesian Government has recently decided to strictly monitor and enforce local law and detain any ships which are allegedly in contravention. Unfortunately the precise allegations against the individual vessels remain unclear as is the potential penalty which the Indonesian authorities intends to impose.
The parties involved are currently working on a solution to the problem. We strongly advise that any shipowners entering the Singapore strait ensure that they avoid anchoring in Indonesian waters. Should they need to do so we note that prior approval should be obtained.