Before being renamed as Department of Marine Transportation Engineering per January 2017, the Department of Marine Transportation for Undergraduate Program has been accredited with rank of "B" starting from October 24, 2014 - October 23, 2019 in accordance with the Decree of National Accreditation Board for Higher Education (BAN-PT) No.403/SK/BAN-PT/Akred/S/X/2014. Along with the increase of Department performance and student achievement, at the beginning of 2017, Department of Marine Transportation Engineering applied re-accreditation to BAN-PT. Due to a change of department name, BAN-PT issued a new Decree in accordance with No.2934/SK/BAN-PT/Ak.PNB/S/VIII/2017 stating that the Bachelor Degree Program of Marine Transportation Engineering, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh November (ITS) accredited by "B" from 23 January 2017 to 23 October 2019.
In order to re-accredit the Undergraduate Program of the Department of Marine Transportation Engineering, on Friday last week (24 November 2017), Department has been visited by two assessors from BAN-PT namely Prof. Dr.Eng. Yanuar from University of Indonesia and Daeng Paroka, ST, MT, Ph.D. from Hassanudin University. The visitation of the two assessors is to perform document verification and physical checking of all information contained in the Bachelor Program Form ("Borang") of Marine Transportation Engineering. In addition, there are some standards that become basic assessment of accreditation as follows:
|Standard 1||Vision, Mission, Objective, Target and Achievement Strategy|
|Standard 2||Governance, Leadership, Management System and Quality Assurance|
|Standard 3||Student Affairs and Graduates|
|Standard 4||Human Resources|
|Standard 5||Curriculum, Learning and Academic Atmosphere|
|Standard 6||Financing, Infrastructure, Facilities and Information Systems|
|Standard 7||Research, Public Service and Cooperation|
After the document verification agenda is over, the next agenda is an interview session with students and alumni. Some students expressed hope that the Department has its own building in the near future. The two alumni who currently work in the field of maritime shipping and logistics, they stated that the knowledge obtained from the Department of Marine Transportation Engineering is very useful in their career path. This is certainly an excellent input for the department, especially for formulating a new curriculum in the next year.
The last agenda is visit to laboratory and classroom. The closing session of this visitation event is marked by the submission of Minutes of Field Assessment for Accreditation of Study Program of Bachelor Level to Head of Department and Vice Dean of Faculty of Marine Technology.
At the 57th ITS Anniversary celebration on Friday, November 10, 2017, ITS got a special gift from the Ministry of Transportation of the Republic of Indonesia (MoT) with the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (Mou) at Rectorate Building ITS 1st floor. The MoU is linked to support for the development of "Tol Laut" (sea toll) program.
Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi, stated that the current sea toll has been able to suppress the disparity rate of 20%. However, this program still needs improvement, especially in terms of the number of ship required. Therefore, MoT requires colleagues in education and science. "ITS is able to provide input through its research to improve sea toll program including ships required for sea toll route". The contribution of research and innovation from ITS is expected to be a solution to solve current problems, such as cargo carried for sea toll that has not maximal yet, vessels used are foreign made products and also problems on ship tracking.
Rector of ITS, Prof. Ir. Joni Hermana. M.Sc.ES., Ph.D. said that his university has been very advanced in the maritime sector so it is ready to help the government in developing the sea toll. "We have been able and advanced to create maritime equipment and will support the Ministry of Transportation to succeed the sea toll," he said.
Prof. Dr. Ir. Ketut Buda Artana, M.Sc., as Vice Rector of ITS in Innovation, Cooperation, Alumni and International Relations, stated that there are several opportunities of this cooperation, which is to provide opportunities for human resources in MoT for pursuing their study on Master and Doctoral Programs in ITS, organizing training and workshops, joint research, joint funding and technopark development cooperation.
Ketut also described several innovations of ITS (from the Department of Marine Transportation) that have been worked on and can be used in the improvement of sea toll program, such as the standard calculation of port concessions, freight calculator of vessel on sea toll routes, development of floating infrastructure. In addition, there are also telematics products of marine transportation, namely: Application of Intelligent Transportation System in the field of sea transportation.
The Young Scientist Forum (YSF) roadshow at ITS is a collaboration between the Australian National University (ANU) Project of Indonesia and Department of Marine Transportation Engineering ITS. The reason behind this event takes place is many young Indonesian scientists are studying and conducting research at world-class institutions around the world, proving that Indonesian scientists are academically competitive to engage in scientific research of international caliber. In 2015, in collaboration with Indonesian Student Association in America (PPIA), the ANU Indonesia Project initiate the Young Scientist Forum (YSF) with the aim of
bringing resent PhD graduates working in research and academia to universities in Indonesia to:
- share their experience, including challenges working in the international environment, and
- share their current research and innovations, and how they contribute to advancing knowledge.
It is hoped that the YSF will inspire students and young academics to consider research as a career path, and to undertake innovative and new research topics.
In this year, YSF held in several universities in Indonesia, namely University of Indonesia, Hassanudin University and Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember. The YSF activities in ITS were held on November 2nd, 2017 at the BG Munaf Hall. ANU Indonesia Project is represented by Mrs. Lydia Napitupulu, while from Department of Marine Transportation Engineering is represented by Dr.-Ing Setyo Nugroho. The following speakers and research topics presented in YSF are:
- Wahyu Bambang Widayatno, PhD (Research Center for Physics, LIPI)
- “Porous materials for catalytic biomass conversion”
- Satrio Wicaksono, PhD (World Resources Institute)
- “From Lakes to Forests: A Small Research Contribution for a Resilient and Sustainable Environment in Indonesia”
- Dhimas Widhi Handani, ST., M.Sc. (Marine Engineering Department)
- “Automatic Identification System (AIS) for Increasing Safety of Ship Traffic and Offshore Facilities in Indonesia”
On Friday, October 28th, 2017, the Department of Marine Transportation Engineering is visited by two auditors from Internal Quality Assurance Unit of ITS (SPMI - ITS) namely A.A. Bagus Dinariyana Dwi P., ST, MES, Ph.D. and Ir. Arif Musthofa, MT. This internal audit activity is carried out every year to keep a good quality on the organization, including administrative and teaching-learning processes at the departmental level. The quality assurance system is structured in accordance with the quality assurance system imposed by ITS. There are 11 standards that become the reference in quality assessment at the department level:
|Standard 1||Vision and Mission||Standard 7||Research|
|Standard 2||Governance||Standard 8||Public Service|
|Standard 3||Students and Alumni||Standard 9||Cooperation|
|Standard 4||Human Resources||Standard 10||Internal|
|Standard 5||Academic||Standard 11||AUN-QA|
|Standard 6||Infrastructure, Facilities and Finance|
For about three hours the internal audit process is conducted by discussing and delivering evidence from the department's performance results, the final total value of the department is 372. From the assessment results, there are several standards that need to be the main focus of the department for future improvement: standard 4 on human resources and standard 5 on academic.
In addition, the Department of Marine Transportation Engineering is applying for a re-accreditation to the National Accreditation Board of Higher Education (BAN - PT), which in this year is expected the department can obtain the accreditation value of "A". Therefore, the internal audit process by the SPMI Team of ITS is very helpful in the process of achieving the accreditation value of "A".
Seatrans Super Sailing (SSS) is a pre-eminent activity and is a annual agenda for Department of Marine Transportation Engineering students who aim to:
- Increasing solidarity among Seatrans students, especially those who participate in this activity.
- Developing the maritime horizon of Seatrans students in particular to get understanding about marine transport technology, especially in the field of port, shipping and maritime logistics.
- Introducing main parts of the vessel, such as construction, propulsion, and vessel navigation.
In 2017, Seatrans Super Sailing (SSS) sailed from Surabaya (Port of Tanjung Perak) to Lombok (Port of Lembar) by using MV Legundi operated by PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry. With the theme of "THE NEXT GENERATION", this sailing event was held for four days, starting from 20 October to 24 October 2017. It was followed by 52 participants from class of 2016, 11 student committees and 4 lecturers companion.
The main activities in Seatrans Super Sailing 2017 are:
- Sailing and reviewing parts of MV Legundi, including review of engine room, vehicle deck, pavilion, accommodation and interactive discussions with captain and crew on board.
- Conducting surveys and observations of sea transportation services in Gili Terawangan and Gili Air, covering the characteristics of sea transport users, marine transportation infrastructure and existing ship fleets served in those two islands.
- Visiting Port of Lembar, includes explanation of its facilities and operational activities.
Seatrans Study Excursion is an annual agenda of the Department of Marine Transportation Engineering, which has been held for three years since 2015. The main activities in this Seatrans Study Excursion are international company visits that are closely linked to the sea transportation sectors. The purpose of this activity is to introduce the business process of the marine transportation sector to the students, as well as an attribute to gain knowledge about technological developments in the world of sea transportation so that the students can have global insight.
Seatrans Study Excursion 2017 was held in Singapore on 16-20 November 2017, followed by 37 students of class of 2015 and accompanied by two lecturers (Christino Boyke, ST, MT and Hasan Iqbal Nur, ST, MT). Here is the briefly profile of the companies visited in Seatrans Study Excursion 2017:
- PSA International Pte.Ltd
PSA International Pte.Ltd is one of the largest port operators in the world based in Singapore. PSA participates in port projects in Asia, Europe and America with major port operations at PSA Singapore and PSA Antwerp, Belgium.
- Sembcorp Marine Ltd
Sembcorp Marine Ltd is a part of Sembcorp Industries, an Asian company based in Singapore. The company engages in offshore and marine building engineering in four key areas: Rig & Floaters, Repairs & Upgrades, Offshore Platform and Special Ship. Sembcorp Marine does its business globally through shipyards in Singapore, India, Indonesia, Britain and Brazil.
- Thome Ship Management Pte. Ltd.
Thome Ship Management Pte. Ltd. is an integrated vessel management service provider for the international shipping industry and offshore industry that has been established for 50 years. The main business of the company consists of ship management, offshore structure management, ship inspection and crew training. Ship management is conducted especially for tankers, bulk carriers and container ships.
During the company visit, students got many opportunities to discuss with experts in the field of sea transportation as well as become the witness to see directly the operating conditions at the port of PSA, Sembcorp Marine shipyard and Thome Ship Management headquarters. In addition students also get the opportunity to visit the iconic places in Singapore, such as: Merlion Park, Marina Barrage, Haji Lane, Garden by the Bay, Sentosa Island, Bugis Street and so on.