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Thirteen Vietnamese patrol boats reportedly detected in disputed waters

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, September 10, 2019   /  06:25 pm
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Indonesian Navy personnel take into custody a fishing vessel with Vietnamese crew members on board during a security operation in the Natuna Sea in January 2019. War vessel KRI Cut Nyak Dien-375, belonging to the first Fleet Command, apprehended the KG 1916 TS fishing boat and its 15 crew members for allegedly fishing illegally in Indonesian territory.(Courtesy of 1st Fleet Command/-)

Indonesia claims to have detected at least 13 Vietnamese patrol boats holding station on the official "continental shelf" boundary between Indonesia and Vietnam in the Natuna Sea this year, with the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry alleging they were there to assist Vietnamese vessels to fish illegally in disputed waters nearby. Mas Achmad Santosa, the head of Satgas 115, the ministry’s illegal fishing task force, said officials concluded the vessels were Vietnamese patrol boats after analyzing data sourced from the Automatic Identification System (AIS) -- an automatic tracking system that monitors transponders on ships and is used by vessel traffic services -- and the ministry's Vessel Monitoring System (VMS), as well as its COSMO-Skymed Radar Imagery. “Our analysis shows that these are patrol vessels of the Vietnamese government and they are posit...