The Republic of Indonesia has formally acceded to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL Convention), Annexes III, IV, V and VI, and the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR Convention).
His Excellency Mr. T. M. Hamzah Thayeb, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to IMO, handed over the two Instruments of Accession to IMO Secretary-General Mr. Koji Sekimizu during a visit to IMO Headquarters on Friday (24 August).
Ambassador Hamzah Thayeb was accompanied by Capt. Sahattua P. Simatupang, Transportation Attaché and Alternate Permanent Representative of Indonesia to IMO, and Mr. Haris Nugroho, Minister Counsellor for Political Affairs, of the Indonesian Embassy, London.
Mr. E.E. Mangindaan, Minister for Transportation of the Republic of Indonesia, had informed IMO Secretary-General Mr. Sekimizu of the intention to ratify the treaties during the Secretary-General’s recent visit to Indonesia (seeBriefing 30/2012).
The Secretary-General expressed his strong appreciation toAmbassador Hamzah Thayeb and the Indonesian Governmentfor the efforts to have these treaties ratified and encouraged Indonesia to accelerate efforts towards ratification of other IMO conventions, including theInternational Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004, and the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009.
Indonesia’s tally of fully ratified IMO Conventions will total 25 once the latest instruments come into force for the country, on 24 November 2012 (three months after the date of deposit).