Indonesian ships are strengthening their domination of domestic cargo transport carrying 148.7 million tons or 65.3% of the total domestic cargoes in 2007, an official said, Asia Pulse reported.
In 2004, ships flying the Indonesian flag carried only 54% or 101.3 million tons of domestic cargo, Transport Minister Jusman Syafii Djamal said.
Djamal, however, admitted that foreign ships still maintain their domination of the transport of international cargo though Indonesian ships have increased their share.
In 2007, ships flying Indonesian flag had only a 5.9% share of the international cargo of 531.9 million tons, up from 3.5% of the total cargo of 465.1 million tons in 2004, he said.
Data at the transport ministry shows that the number of ships flying the Indonesian flag totaled 7,846 units on March 31, 2008, or an increase of 29.9% in three years, the newspaper Bisnis Indonesia reported today.
The government has issued a regulation on cabotage principle under which foreign ships may not carry domestic cargo, starting in 2010.