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Cablegate: Demarche Delivered On Compliance with Isps Code: Indonesia

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SUBJECT: DEMARCHE DELIVERED ON COMPLIANCE WITH ISPS CODE: INDONESIA

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2007 JAKARTA 3255 (C)2007 JAKARTA 3086 (D) 2007 JAKARTA 2363 (E)2007
JAKARTA 1690 (F)2007 STATE 111900 (G) STATE 15583

1. (SBU) On February 22, 2008 we formally demarched Director General
of Sea Transportation Effendi Batubara, Director of Sea Transport
Djoni Algamar and Head of Section for Security Affairs Mukhlis
Tohepaly that the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will issue a Port Security
Advisory (PSA) effective on or about February 26, 2008 and that
conditions of entry will be imposed two weeks later on vessels
coming to the U.S. from within five port calls of non-exempt
Indonesian ports. The Directorate General of Sea Transportation
(DGST) officials accepted the demarche with minor protest and
expressed interest in continued cooperation with the U.S. on
improving Indonesia's port security.

2. (SBU) Batubara raised one main point of contention. He complained
that the PSA would apply to all non-exempt Indonesian ports when
USCG checked International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS)
Code compliance at just 22 port facilities, only six of which USCG
found to be insufficiently compliant. He considered 22 port
facilities out of hundreds to be too small of a sample, especially
considering that only a minority of those were not ISPS
Code-compliant.

3. (SBU) Batubara and his staff did not object to waiving the
Recognized Security Organization (RSO) requirement for private ports
operated by Chevron, Newmont and British Petroleum. However,
Tohepaly faulted the USCG for not coordinating meetings and visits
with private ports through the Directorate General of Sea
Transportation (DGST). Tohepaly said that, according to the ISPS
Code, all compliance issues should be directed to the "designated
authority."

4. (SBU) Batubara said that DGST's priority was to gain exemption
for the six public port facilities that USCG previously visited and
found to be non-compliant. Algamar requested a format for the
Alternative Security Procedure Process (ASPP) report and a list of
approved RSOs. Algamar requested that Port Security Liaison Officer
Lieutenant Commander Philemon Purganan meet with Indonesian RSOs on
his next visit to Indonesia to discuss the ASPP. Algamar also asked
for the schedule of the next USCG visit to Indonesia.

5. (SBU) DGST officials did not discuss the economic impact of the
PSA. In a January 18, 2008 meeting, Ministry of Trade officials
told us they did not know what the impact would be, but, if
necessary, shippers would redirect their cargo to exempted ports or
consolidate their shipments outside of Indonesia. In a meeting on
February 22, 2008, Australian Department of Transportation officials
said, although they are concerned, they do not have a clear idea of
the PSA's impact on Australian shipments to the U.S.

6. (SBU) Algamar asked for capacity building to help his staff
perform the regulatory function over ISPS Code compliance and port
security generally. We told them the USG is committed to the
long-term goal of helping Indonesian ports achieve ISPS Code
compliance in order to remove the PSA.

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