JAKARTA (Rambu Energy) – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Indroyono Susilo said that the government is determined to replicate the success of Batam, Riau Islands in developing its shipbuilding industry in other parts of the country. The move is part of the government’s efforts to develop the country’s maritime or marine industries, which has become a priority agenda of the President Joko Widodo government.
“Our team had recognized the leading edges of the shipyard (shipbuilding) industry in Batam and hope to replicate it elsewhere,” Minister Indroyono Susilo was quoted by Kompas daily as saying.
Indroyono Susilo said that he is coordinating with the Industry Minister Saleh Husin in mapping out the condition of shipbuilding industries in the country. He said the development of shipyard and shipbuilding industry in general has also become an attention of President Joko Widodo as part of the President’s desire to make Indonesia as an “maritime axis” country in the world.
Indroyono said there are 110 shipyards with various sizes in Batam and absorb 120,000 workers. However, the development of shipbuilding industries had been focused in the Riau Island province.
Minister Saleh Husin said he will discussed with the Coordinating Minister for the Maritime Affairs to develop the shipbuilding industry.
The Head of the Indonesia Shipbuilding and Offshore Association (IPPERINDO) Eddy Kurniawan Logam as well as industry players have blamed lack of affirmative policies of the government in developing domestic shipbuilding industries. They blamed unfair tax imposition in importing components to build vessels, while ease import tax in imported build-up vessels. (*)