Susi asks for ocean radars from Japan
The Jakarta Post
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti explained to the Japanese government that her ministry needed ocean radars, which were important for shipping safety at sea, and hoped it could give its used radars to be used in Indonesian seas.
“I conveyed our need to the Japanese government during my recent visit to the country. I asked for six more sea radars from Japan. I hope they can fulfill our demand,” Susi told journalists during her working visit in Purwokerto on Wednesday.
The minister further said a radar granted by the Japanese government had been installed in Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi, and it was very helpful in detecting sea objects. The Indonesian government would no longer needed to allocate budgets to procure the six radars if Japan agreed to give its used radars to Indonesia, she explained.
Susi further said she had invited Japan businesspeople to invest in Indonesia, including on sophisticated radars to detect sea objects. She said sophisticated radars could prevent sea accidents, like the one that occurred in Raja Ampat, West Papua, during which a cruise ship, MV Caledonian Sky, was stranded in Raja Ampat waters and damaged corals in the area.
With a radar, Susi said, a ship located 250 kilometers away could be detected. Such detection capacity was important to know the presence of foreign ships in Indonesian waters. (ebf)
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