Marunda port development awaits approval

Jakarta: Indonesian state-owned PT Kawasan Berikat Nusantara (KBN), the operator of the industrial bonded zone in North Jakarta, is waiting for approval from the Jakarta administration to realise its plan to build a container terminal in the Marunda area.

KBN president director Sattar Taba said that construction of the port, which would support the operation of the country’s biggest trade gateway, Tanjung Priok Port, in North Jakarta, would start once a permit from the Jakarta administration was issued.

“The port will be able to shorten our dwelling time from the current 12 days to only one or two days, just like Singapore,” Taba said.

The port located around 500 metres from Tanjung Priok Port, will occupy 3,200 hectares, and is expected to start operations next year.

Sattar said that the new port would speed up handling activities and it would have a maximum capacity of 6,000 dwt. The company has allocated Rp1.2trn for this project, including a dredging project. In addition to the Marunda port project, the company would also build bunker storage facilities as well as logistical storage with a total estimated budget of Rp150bn and Rp200bn, respectively.

“The port will at least be a temporary alternative due to inefficiency at Tanjung Priok. If such inefficiency continues, our industry will suffer bigger losses and the competitive edge of local businesses will be undermined,” Taba said. [10/04/14]

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