Among the solutions the Indonesian government is considering to help solve the piracy problem in the waters around Kalimantan and the Southern Philippines is providing bigger barges for coal
exports to the Philippines, local reports said.
Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan was quoted as saying that the rather small size of Indonesian-flagged tugboats traveling across the border could be one reason why they often became victims of hijackings by militant groups.
“The vessels that we use to deliver coal are rather small and susceptible to being hijacked. If we used bigger barges it would be harder [for other groups to take them over],” Luhut said.
He was speaking after a meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in which they discussed options to secure the release of 10 Indonesian sailors who have been abducted on various.
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