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Indonesia launches Maritime Information Center to tackle crimes at sea by Ronna Nirmala and Drake Long July 24,2020   |  Source: BenarNews

A new maritime information center under Indonesia’s coast guard is expected to improve and speed up coordination in fighting smuggling, illegal fishing and other crimes at sea, officials said Thursday.

The Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) launched the Indonesian Maritime Information Center (IMIC) on Wednesday as part of efforts to support law enforcement at sea through exchanges of information, said Vice Adm. Aan Kurnia, the coast guard’s chief.

“Indonesia’s maritime information system has been inadequate,” Aan told BenarNews. “At IMIC, all information on incidents such as accidents, smuggling, fish theft will be available … so coordination on the ground can be improved.”

The center will issue weekly, monthly and annual reports and other publications for public use, he said.

The center will also complement international maritime agencies operating in neighboring countries, such as the Information Fusion Center (IFC) in Singapore and the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in Malaysia, Aan added.

The opening of IMIC comes six months after Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, the head of Indonesia’s armed forces, launched the military’s Maritime Information Center (Pusinfomar).

Hadi said Pusinomar was established to back the military in

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