If Indonesian authorities want to see their dreams of more mainline box calls become reality cabotage laws will need changing, a new report from the International Transport Forum suggests. The 40-page report from the OECD-linked forum looks at Jakarta in the era of the mega vessel. Jakarta – and a host of other Indonesian ports – are currently undergoing significant expansion, yet for the most part they are merely feeder ports when it comes to the main tradelanes.
“Restrictive cabotage laws most likely constrain the attractiveness of Jakarta and other Indonesian ports as a direct port of call for global shipping companies,” the report states.
A feasible way to open up cabotage, the report suggests, is to gradually introduce exemptions for certain categories of ships suchg as mega boxships.
The report looks at other issues Jakarta faces in terms of attracting mainline calls including bottlenecks, something the current administration has been working hard to rectify. One possible way to reduce bottlenecks in the supply chain according to the OECD body could be the wider use of dry ports.
Jakarta’s new port – known as New Priok or Kalibaru – is a two-phase development that will spawn a 12.5m teu facility with depths alongside of 16 m when completed in 2023.