Indonesia Questions Captain After Ferry Sinks in Lake; At Least 192 People Missing

By Fergus Jensen TIGARAS, Indonesia, June 21 (Reuters) - Indonesian police on Thursday questioned the captain of a ferry that sank without trace in a volcanic lake in Sumatra this week, warning that a criminal investigation could be launched over a disaster that has left at least 192 people missing. Desperate relatives awaiting news of loved ones prayed and sang hymns at the … [Read more...]

Indonesia, India Plan to Develop Strategic Indian Ocean Port

By Agustinus Beo Da Costa JAKARTA, May 30 (Reuters) - Indonesia and India pledged on Wednesday to step up defense and maritime cooperation, with plans to develop a strategic Indonesian naval port in the Indian Ocean, the leaders of the two countries said after meeting in Jakarta. Indonesian President Joko Widodo met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss, among other … [Read more...]

Indonesia Turns to Google in War on Illegal Fishing

By Karlis Salna (Bloomberg) -- Indonesia’s Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti deals with some dangerous men in her role, but they don’t rattle her. She has an equally intimidating weapon on her side: Google. Partnering with the search engine firm, Pudjiastuti is catching illegal fishing activity in real time, after thousands of vessels’ locations were revealed online. In … [Read more...]

Indonesia to Release Seized Yacht in 1MDB Case

By Agustinus Beo Da Costa JAKARTA, April 17 (Reuters) - An Indonesian court ruled on Tuesday that a luxury yacht linked to a corruption scandal at a Malaysian state fund was wrongfully impounded in Bali at the request of U.S. authorities and ordered the vessel to be released, police said. The Cayman Islands-flagged Equanimity was impounded by Indonesia in February as part of … [Read more...]

Indonesia to Postpone New Protectionist Shipping Rules for Coal and Palm Oil to 2020, Minister Says

JAKARTA, April 3 (Reuters) - Indonesia will postpone until 2020 trade rules requiring exporters of coal and crude palm oil to use only Indonesian-flagged vessels, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said, among efforts to increase foreign exchange reserves. The rules, due to take effect this month and intended to boost the archipelago's shipping industry, were initially … [Read more...]