TSHD arrested in Indonesia for illegal waste dumping

The dredger is being held by the Indonesian navy. Credit: Indonesian navy
The dredger is being held by the Indonesian navy. Credit: Indonesian navy

Van Oord’s trailing suction hopper dredger Vox Maxima was arrested for allegedly disposing of waste in the waters of Riau Islands on Monday, 8 April. Until Wednesday, cleaning of waste from the vessel was ongoing.

Armed Forces Commander I, Rear Admiral TNI Yudo Margono said on Wednesday that the arrests were made on a routine patrol, after the navy crew made contact with an anchored ship that disposed of waste in the West Waters of Galang Island, Riau Islands, around 62.7 km southeast of Batam.

The crew of Vox Maxima, a Dutch captain along with 15 crew members consisting of six Dutch citizens, two Ukrainians, one Polish, and six Filipinos, were seen disposing of what looked like yellow foam.

The act violated “Article 229, paragraph 1, in conjunction with Article 325, paragraph 1, of the Republic of Indonesia Law Number 17 of 2008 concerning shipping,” the Indonesian navy said. It can result “in a penalty of two years imprisonment and a fine of Rp. 300,000,000 (GBP16,000)”.

According to IHS Markit data, the TSHD has been anchored off Kabil port since Monday, 8 April. According to the Indonesian navy, investigations are now being made by the Riau Islands Province Environmental Agency into the contents of the waste.

DPC has reached out to Van Oord for comment and is awaiting response.