THE final preparations are being made to begin construction of the Indonesia-Japan Patimban deep seaport, putting the port in West Java on track to commence operations by 2019.
"We can at least partially open the port in the first quarter of 2019. So everything is proceeding. Before the end of March, at least part of it should be opened," local media cited Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia Masafumi Ishii as saying.
The new port will have a capacity of 1.5 million TEU when it begins operations in 2019 and reach a full capacity of 7.5 million TEU by 2027, half the capacity of Indonesia's busiest port, Jakarta's Tanjung Priok, and helping to ease congestion there, reports Colchester's Seatrade Maritime News.
Meanwhile efforts are underway to strengthen logistics facilities in the outlying regions in Indonesia.
Logistics firm Cipta Krida Bahari has just begun operations at its fourth bonded zone in Sorong, Papua, built on a 3,700 square metre plot of land. The facility is the first to be built in the eastern part of Indonesia, and is expected to help boost efficiency in the transport infrastructure in the region.
"The operation of the bonded zone in Sorong will create efficiency and make the economy in the region grow faster," Cipta Krida's president director Iman Sjafei was quoted as saying.
Source : HKSG.