Surabaya, February 25, 2019. The Directorate for Forest Prevention and Security, Director General of the Gakkum KLHK, again secured 38 containers of illegal wood from the Aru Islands, Maluku. On February 22, 2019, the Directorate General of Gakkum held 14 containers in the CV CHM shelter, on Jl. Mayjen Sungkono, Gresik, 13 containers in the PT KAYT area, on Jl. Margomulyo Indah, Surabaya, and 11 containers in the PT AGJU area in Winong Village, Pasuruan.

“All evidence has been secured. The team identified changes in the behavior patterns of the timber mafia, namely the transhipment pattern. We are still exploring whether the shipping company PT Temas Line is helping the circulation of illegal timber, “said Sustyo Iriono, Chairperson of the Papua SDA Rescue Task Force, February 25, 2019. PT Tempura Mas Line or PT Temas Line is a shipping company that owns KM Muara Mas that transports 14 containers containing illegal wood.

The success of the confiscation of illegal wood stems from community reports of illegal wood transportation information at the Port of Dobo, Aru Islands, with KM Muara Mas on February 8, 2019. Dobo Harbor. The monitoring system of the ship owned by the Directorate General of Gakkum cannot monitor the existence of KM Muara Mas because the AIS system was turned off.

Referring to the sailing date, the PPH Directorate Team calculated that KM Muara Mas will arrive on February 20, 2019 at the container terminal in Surabaya and surrounding areas. The PPH Directorate Team succeeded in identifying that there was one container going to the industrial area and then trailing.

On February 22, 2019, at 15:20 West Indonesian Time, the Team ambushed the dismantling of the illegal wood at CV CHM’s illegal timber shelter on Jl. Maj. Gen. Sungkono, Gresik. The team found that 12 wooden containers had been unloaded and 2 containers were being unloaded.

On February 22, 2019 at night, the Team continued to ambush and confiscate 13 wooden containers at a shelter owned by PT KAYT on Jl. Margomulyo Indah, Surabaya, and 11 wooden containers in a shelter owned by PT AGJU in Winong Village, Pasuruan.

Observing this confiscation, Sustyo Iriyono assessed “These illegal perpetrators are still not deterrent and will always try various ways to remain fraudulent and greedy who destroy forest resources.

The Director General of Gakkum KLHK, Rasio Ridho Sani stressed, “We will continue to maintain our commitment to eradicate this destructive illegal activity and save natural resources in Maluku and Papua. We already have a database, sophisticated technology monitoring instruments, high HR capacity. “

So far for the case of illegal timber trade, the Director General of the Gakkum has prepared 24 cases (spree investigations) consisting of 4 sprindik for KM Hijau Jelita, 2 sprindik for KM Oriental Gold, 6 sprindik for KM Strait Mas, and 12 sprindik for KM Mas Strait.

“To this day, DG Gakkum has secured 422 containers of merbau wood. The illegal logging mafias fight in various ways. Therefore, we ask the public and mass media, and other parties to participate in watching us to remain transparent, accountable, and fair, in upholding the law. ” Said Rho Ridho Sani asserted.

Source: Press Release Director General of Gakkum LHK – Directorate of Forest Prevention and Security
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