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United States Supports Increased Security at Indonesian Ports

April 27, 2012
United States Supports Increased Security at Indonesian Ports (State Dept.)

United States Supports Increased Security at Indonesian Ports

Jakarta- The U.S. Embassy is working in partnership with the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation to support port security with more than $1 million in training and equipment.   Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Ted Osius and Director General of Sea Transportation (DGST) Leon Muhamad marked the handover of 74 personal radiation detectors and four radioisotope identification devises that will aid in detection and deterrence of illicit radiological and nuclear materials.   In addition, DCM Osius highlighted on-going U.S. sponsored training to enhance port security in Northeast Kalimantan and North Sulawesi.

In his remarks DCM Osius said, “This assistance will support Indonesian efforts to manage the significant issues of transnational crime including smuggling activities, trafficking in people, counter narcotics and potential terrorist transit.  Port security augmentation paves the way for increased international and regional trade bringing economic benefits to the people of Indonesia.”  DCM Osius noted the importance of security cooperation as another component in the U.S-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership inaugurated by Presidents Obama and Yudhoyono.

The U.S. Embassy’s efforts in this area are a combined effort of the U.S. Department of Justice International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) Port Security Project and the State Department’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) program.   ICITAP partnered with the DGST and relevant Indonesian maritime security agencies to augment the infrastructure, and port security operations in Nunukan and Tarakan in northeast Kalimantan and the international passenger port of Bitung, North Sulawesi. The ICITAP assistance has included infrastructure development and equipment for the three ports totaling $759,000 over the last two years.

The EXBS program continues to work closely with DGST by providing training and equipment designed to improve the security of Indonesian Ports under international guidelines.  The EXBS program donation of radiation detectors and radioisotope identification devices is just one example of the efforts to support the Indonesian government’s efforts to enhance security for all Indonesians.  Twenty five Indonesians, including six from the DGST, attended the EXBS-funded Radiation Academy at the Pacific National Laboratory in the United States.  These individuals received train the trainer instruction for these devices and are now prepared to train their colleagues as these devices are deployed.

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