Indonesia Officially Regulates Submarine Cables and Pipeline

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Ministry (KKP) has issued a new regulation which initially intends to address and solve the issue about disorganized submarine communications cable and pipes. 

    The regulation, issued on February 18, 2021, stated in the Ministry’s Law No.14/2021 oversees how underwater pipes and communications cables are plotted.

    In a written statement on February 23, KKP Minister Sakti Wahyu Trenggono explained that this will be the legal basis for any installment of underwater pipes and cables. According to the government’s map, Indonesia has 217 segments of submarine cables and 43 underwater pipe segments. 

    The aforementioned include four landing stations and an international submarine cable communication system that can be found in the areas of Jayapura, Batam, Kupang, and Manado. 

    Minister Trenggono said that the overlapping layout of submarine cables and pipes have been the government’s focal point halfway into 2020. Therefore, the KKP coordinates with the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investments to eventually produce the issuance of Law No.14/2021.

    The ministry believes a better controlled layout of these cables and pipelines are crucial in optimizing the use of submarine spaces. It will give more leeway to the use of shipping anchors, tourism, telecommunication, mining, and especially the sustainability of the ocean’s ecosystem.

    HENDARTYO HANGGI