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Taskforce to cut turnaround times at Indonesia’s ports

Jakarta: Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo is setting up a taskforce to speed up turnaround times at the nation’s ports. Turnaround times in the archipelago average around eight days, while neighbour Singapore handles a ship typically in under a day.

The president wants to cut turnaround times to three to four days. Since coming to power, Joko has set about revitalising the country’s maritime infrastructure as part of his avowed maritime highway campaign that will see the massive country of more than 12,000 islands better linked up by ships.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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