ASIATODAY.ID, JAKARTA – The Deep Sea Study (DSS) is being carried out by experts from the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia in collaboration with PT Amman Mineral Nusa Tenggara (AMNT) in the waters south of Sumbawa.
This research carries a big mission. Apart from measuring oceanographic aspects, this study is also intended to map the productive euphotic zone of the southern waters of Sumbawa.
One of the researchers from PT AMNT, Muhammad Fadli, said that previously PT AMNT had carried out a Deep Sea Study in the Southern Waters of Sumbawa together with P2O-LIPI Jakarta in 2003, 2009, 2013 and 2018 using the Baruna Jaya VIII Research Vessel.
“This year, PT AMNT carried out a Deep Sea Study through collaboration using the Training/Research Ship KM Madidihang,” explained Fadli, Thursday, November 16 2023.
The Madidihang 3 ship is a training and research ship owned by the AUP Polytechnic which is used as a practice vehicle at sea for cadets/cadets. This training ship also plays a role in research activities.
The scope of this deep sea study includes assessing sea water quality against the quality standards set by the government, reviewing the results of tailings deposit site mapping, mapping oceanographic conditions in South Sumbawa, mapping the productive euphotic zone of waters, and other studies which include marine studies. In
Deep sea studies will be carried out within a standardized, documented and structured monitoring program that allows for scientifically defensible assessment of environmental conditions.
The studies carried out will consider variations in shelf conditions, slopes, canyons and deep seabed, as well as the function and relationships that may exist between physical, chemical and biological parameters.
“A study of the environmental conditions affected and the surrounding environment needs to be carried out and compared with the quality standards set by the Indonesian government or international quality standards,” he explained.
This research activity itself will last for approximately 30 days, involving 47 people, consisting of 25 crew members from KM Madidihang 03, 7 AUP Polytechnic Cadets with the Fishing Technology (TPI) and Fisheries Machinery (MP) study program, 3 people AUP Polytechnic lecturers and 12 PT AMNT researchers.
“All personnel have passed the security clearance process from the Ministry of Defense and are declared able to take part in the cruise,” he explained.
Director of AUP Polytechnic, Ani Laelani, who symbolically sent off KM Madidihang at Muara Baru Nizam Zachman Harbor, North Jakarta, towards Benete Island, Sumbawa.
“Through this research collaboration, we hope that it can become reference material and supporting data for the lecturers involved with the researchers. This is a profitable collaboration for both parties. This activity is not just a sailing trip but also a teaching and learning process activity for lecturers and cadets,” added Ani. (AT Network)
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