Do you know how to measure the size/capacity of a fishing vessel? MDPI staff gets trained up…

13 Mar 2017
Indah Rufiati
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MDPI is committed to supporting the legality and transparent recording of information for all vessels involved in the I-Fish data collection program and in the various ongoing Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs). Our objective is to help the supply chains we work with to be compliant and work towards producing product which is Legal, Regulated and Reported (LRR). We have established a unique vessel identification system and assigning unique Vessel Identifier Codes to these vessels. The information recorded on these vessels also allows their inclusion in the National Record of Vessels Authorized to Fish within Indonesia Archipelagic Waters (RVIA) and Proactive Vessel Register (PVR). In Maluku, an area well known as a productive fishing area with many small-scale vessels, most vessels are not registered in the local Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan (DKP) and don’t have any official documents. Monang, MDPI’s Vessel Register Officer, is assigned to assist the fishermen to get these documents like BPKP (Bukti Pencatatan Kapal Perikanan), so that their vessels can be registered as fishing vessel that supports transparency and fishery sustainability. Last month, February 2017, Monang and Regional Supervisors (Juhrin, Timur and Riza) attended a workshop “Technical Guidance for Vessel Measurement” in Balai Besar Penangkapan Ikan (BBPI) Semarang in February 21 – 22. MDPI attended the workshop in order to get the latest information about the procedures of vessel measurement, especially motor boats that don’t have BPKP licenses.

The materials given during the workshop are equivalent to a one semester lecture in college, but was presented to our teams in only two days. “The materials about vessel measurement are still quite new for us and we felt quite overwhelmed with the information, but at the same time we also felt excited to be able to learn new things”. The materials on the first day were about vessel parts and then a field experience by measuring the three vessels on the second day: two fibre vessels of 40 GT, 60 GT and one small-scale vessel. Last, but not least, we also learned the concept of vessel measurement to determine the gross tonnage of a motor boat. “It is very helpful to us because so far we only conduct measurements in the field but not with good analysis and measurement as a standard, moreover, to determine the GT of a vessel”.

On the field training. Photo credit: BPPI

Based on technical guidance, the GT of a vessel is determined by an enclosed space not less than one meter cubic. If a vessel doesn’t have an enclosed space, we can’t say that it has GT value, however it does not mean that the GT value is zero, but we can put sign “-“. However, this rule is not absolute. If a region has its own regulation about vessel measurement, they can refer to that. But if there is no region regulation, they can refer to Ministry Regulation (Peraturan Menteri). The complete regulation about vessel measurement can be found in: Peraturan Menteri Perhubungan Nomor 8 tahun 2013.

After getting this valuable knowledge about the vessel measurement approach, we will continue the work by measuring vessels in a better way and continue helping with the BPKP registration for small-scale fishermen where we work. In the future, we hope that all fishing boats in Indonesia will have the required documents and will be properly recorded in the government with the correct information about the vessel capacity and size.

Writers: A. Riza Baroqi and Monang Simanjuntak

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