Jakarta: The Indonesian government has cancelled a plan to develop Cilamaya port in West Java, and is planning to move the planned port eastward.
“We will move it eastward. We are still looking for a new location,” said Indroyono Susilo, Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs.
According to Susilo, the plan was cancelled as Cilamaya waters are dotted with offshore platforms, and so not convenient for a clear shipping lane. There are about 80 offshore platforms in Cilamaya waters and 223 platforms in northwest Java waters.
The government had planned for Cilamaya port to reduce congestion in Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta.
“We have to find a ten-kilometer-wide corridor through which vessels can move safely. It’s not merely about oil and gas pipes,” Indroyono added.
Indroyono said a new feasibility study will be conducted and planned port construction is expected to be finished by 2020.